Thursday, 8 July 2021

Bespoke costumes for events and film

Do you need a unique or bespoke costume for your event?

Admiral Costumes has a store full of unique costumes and clothing items from all eras available for hire. These superb quality costumes are suitable for stage, events, examinations and film.

However if you are on tour or would like your own made to measure outfit or wardrobe for yourself or your group, than look no further.

You can buy individual or cast costumes for musical groups or quartets, bespoke dresses or outfits for street theatre and events.  Matching items for chorus members and wonderful outfits for 40s events and themed parties.

Just give us a call with your design ideas and we will do our best to create what you are looking for at very reasonable rates.

We have recently supplied velvet scottish widows cloaks, bespoke and barber shop waistcoats, matching shift dresses for a handmaids tale, victorian aprons, childrens viking and urchin costumes, landgirl dungarees, tudor wear and a dress for Nell Gwynn.

If you would like us to make or source an outfit for you, then give us a call on 01908 372504 or e-mail

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Isolation Musicals - Six

The six wives of Henry VIII strut their stuff in this hugely popular musical that has been on tour throughout the UK before the lockdown.

We so loved the energy, the music and the costumes which are almost
'steam punk' and having lots of this style of costume in store, we couldn't wait to emulate the gorgeous costumes of the characters in the show.

Lisa Bridge chose a short copper and black striped skirt with fish net tights and chunky boots. We added a gold waspie belt, lace sequinned bra top and studded shoulder armour. We used a punk accessory for the leather armlet and a punk choker pinned into the hair for a 'crown' . A black wig was restyled into 2 rolled pigtails.

I opted for a cerise and black stripes short skirt and top combo, topped with a black satin jacket with ruched sleeves. An black satin underskirt and waspie belt set it off nicely and looked great with some black lace leggings and boots. I absolutely adored the massive bouncy ponytail with pink chiffon scarf and didnt' want to take it off!

Filmed in front of the garden shed in lockdown in front of an old pair of curtains and hairbrushes as mikes, we present... 

Isolation musicals - Six

For more information on our range of fantastic costumes please visit

Where can I get a stick on beard?

Stick on beards and moustaches are great fun.  They can transform your look in seconds and really enhance a fancy dress costume.

Whilst in lock down and face-timing some family members, I happened to spy a stick on moustache on my desk. It was quite superb, a black handle bar job.  I quickly popped it on and of course it caused an absolute riot with everyone.

It occurred to me then that perhaps others may like to lighten up a zoom meeting or family face-time call and have a bit of fun for a change.

Birthdays in isolation can be grim, but wouldn't it be great fun to send a gift box of beards and insist of seeing them all in action?

Why not order one of our beard boxes for zoom and have it delivered to a friend?

For only £22.00 you get 5 beard items; a multi pack of at least seven stick on moustaches of various styles, a quality large beard, a medium beard, a smaller beard or tache and a single moustache. The pack is excellent value and includes carriage and packing.

For more information please contact us or check out our website for more options on wigs and facial hair.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Why not dress -up for your next Zoom party?

During the lock down nearly everyone I know is using zoom, not only for work meetings, but for catching up with family and friends.

Zoom is a brilliant way for you to be able to take part in a quiz, group chat or have a party whilst in isolation.

Because most users display just the head and shoulders at these link ups, the dress-up set makes an ideal cost effective fancy dress outfit that works really well on screen photo booth style.

Why not entertain yourselves with some photo booth selfies? And get a set sent directly to your family and friends before your next zoom meeting,

There are lots of sets to choose from; Doctor, detective, cat, 50s, 80s, magician, hawaian and many more, so order here: costume-sets-for-zoom on- line now or e-mail us at

Zoom Party Box

Birthday’s do not have to be forgotten.  Why not arrange a zoom meeting for friends and family and make it into a party? 

Order your dress up set now costume-sets-for-zoom

Or send a special zoom party box to the birthday boy or girl as a unique gift idea. 

Our Zoom Party Box makes a fun gift for birthday’s and anniversaries during isolation. We have several themes; pirate, cowboys and Indians, princess and a random beard box.

Bespoke boxes are also available and can be gift wrapped, just let us know your theme.

For more information please visit our website 

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Isolation Musicals – The Waitress

Having never seen this show,  I absolutely love this song and now cannot get it out of my head.

Due to the current circumstances, The Waitress has now closed in the West End, but we wanted to keep it alive with our rendition of ‘Bad Idea’

Here I am hamming it up as Dr Jim with my daughter Lisa Bridge starring as Jenna.

I actually raided my husband’s wardrobe for most of my outfit, but the gorgeous waitress dress from our store was perfect for Jenna – we just added a little badge.

The wigs are something else ……

Filmed within the backdrop and confines of our kitchen, we thought this could be taken as a diner.

We hope you enjoy ……

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Isolation Musicals - Maria Sound of Music

Here we are; one owner of Admiral Costumes - costumier and supplier of theatrical costumes and Fancy Dress to schools and theatres throughout the UK; and my daughter Lisa Bridge, West End Performer who until last week was in Only Fools and Horses the musical.

With Only Fools and Horses theatre darkened until further notice and all shows cancelled throughout the UK, we have a west end performer and a costumier in total lockdown.

In the space of a week we suddenly find ourselves with no work, no phone calls, no plans, no shows, no costume making, no rehearsals, no income and no life.

The diary gets wiped - it is a total shock.

But hey, aren't we so lucky?  We have each other and a shed load of costumes.

This is what happens when you leave two creatives locked up together with time on their hands ......

A series of 'Isolation Musicals'


Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Isolation Musicals - Grease

Day 1 - Grease

As theatres go dark and productions are cancelled up and down the UK, it is vital that performers and theatre associated companies explore every avenue to keep their customers and audience members entertained during the lock down.

Never has entertainment been so necessary and it will be the creative amongst us who devise ingenious ways of amusing ourselves and the public.

The industry has been turned on its head - instead of punters going to the entertainment, the entertainment has to go to the punter.  This is not easy but it is amazing what can be achieved through social media, youtube and blogging.

As the proprietor of Admiral Costumes I have been unbelievably lucky to be in isolation with my daughter, west end performer, Lisa Bridge, in total lockdown with a huge store of costumes.

we have been amusing ourselves with a series of 'Isolation Musicals' filmed around the house using everyday items from the home.

So far we have made two minute clips from The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The Waitress and Grease with a request for Sweeny Todd.

We hope this will entertain our customers and business partners, whilst showcasing our range of superb costumes.

Putting a smile on peoples faces during this unprecedented time.

More videos and pictures can be seen on our facebook page @AdmiralcostumesMK and website