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Our Story

Welcome to Costume Hire Direct.

If you’ve ever been invited to a themed event where the standard of costume is set to be high, you’ll understand the pressure to look good when you walk in the room. It’s all about feeling confident; nobody wants to stick out like a sore thumb.


That’s why all of our costumes are made using only the most durable, high quality materials, so you’ll have that “wow” factor, even at the most high end of costumed events. If you’re after a true-to-life period costumes with detail you can trust, here we are.
Costume Hire Direct is already relied on by the international theatre and entertainment industry for our impeccable standard of costume and service.


We’ve supplied the costumes for countless TV programmes and films, including Mr Selfridge, Call the Midwife and Foyles War, The Danish Girl and The Huntsman. We’ve also provided costumes for spectacles such as members of the Royal Family birthday celebrations.


It was Kate’s mother whose exceptional dressmaking skills and love for theatre set our wheels in motion as Haslemere Wardrobe some 50 years ago.


Her standards were the highest and we’ve kept that commitment in everything we do.


    To this day, we still do not believe in:
  • Historical inaccuracies
  • “One size fits all”
  • Cheap packet costumes
  • Hidden surprises
  • Ordinary


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Our Approach here


Kate’s mother first forged an excellent reputation as an outfitter for local theatrical groups and actors back in the 1970s and, before long, she was supplying costumes and dress for major theatrical productions, film and television.

If you’re new to luxury fancy dress and really don’t know where to start, don’t fret. We know sourcing a high end costume that’s perfect for your event can be daunting and we’re not just here to help old hats.


When we - John and Kate - took the reigns of the business in 2004, we opened the doors of our wardrobe to an audience far wider than the professional arts circle, determined to make authentic period costumes of the highest quality available to everyone.


So whether you’re preparing your show-stopping look for a private party, trying to win best dressed at that themed work event for the third year running or if you’re just one of life’s exhibitionists, we’ll be with you every step of the way.


Warm regards,
John and Kate