Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The Bow Street Society at Admiral Costumes

The Bow Street Society are a fictional group of amateur detectives taking on cases for clients that the police have no interest in.

Set in Victorian London, the books detail the decor, lifestyle and clothing in great detail, making it easy to emulate the characters with similar costumes from our store.

T G Campbell's latest book, The Case of the Curious Client is launched this month and a wonderfully authentic film clip and stills have been produced in the parlour at Milton Keynes Museum.

We had great fun dressing Mr Baldwin and Miss Trent in suitable costumes for their characterisations in the shoot.

For more information on our wonderful range of Victorian attire for both rich and poor, please contact Admiral Costumes on 01908 372504.

Our victorian style costumes are available in arange of sizes and styles and have been recently hired for Oliver,  Olney Victorian Fair, Milton Keynes Museum Christmas, Victorian wedding and Dickens - A Christmas Carol.




Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Barber Shop Waistcoats

Are you in a musical group or Barber Shop quartet looking for traditional striped waistcoats to wear in corporate colours or to enhance your stage presence? then contact us at Admiral Costumes where we have a splendid selection of striped waistcoats in stock for hire.

Bright striped waistcoats suitable for events, selling ice-creams and popcorn are available in a wide range of sizes for adults and children.

Waistcoats can be made to measure in a colour of your choice for dance groups, stage or company get together.

Over 20 red butcher stripe fully lined waistcoats are available for hire from stock, complete with matching bow tie and straw boater. 

All our waistcoats have the stripes on the back and the front for added impact and can be made in butcher stripe, candy stripe or toothbrush stripe to suit your requirements.

For more information on our striped waistcoats call us at Admiral Costumes on 01908 372504 or visit www.admiralcostumes.co.uk





Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Costumes for drama examinations


Got a drama examination coming up?  Do you need some costumes to bring your role to life?

Costuming the character is now an integral part of many drama and theatrical studies examinations. Gaining those extra few marks for interpretation is vital to make sure you get a high mark and gain your qualification.

Here at Admiral Costumes we can help you select an appropriate costume and accessories to complement your song and drama choice ensuring your examination success.

A great costume really helps to get you into character, a magnificent dress for example makes you stand and walk differently.  A tailcoat and top hat cannot help but make you feel grand and a military jacket just makes you act like a soldier.

With over 75 rails of costume items to choose from, we can help you select a truly superb outfit to suit your part.

We can offer you a special student rate of only £20.00 per costume for a complete outfit including accessories like apron, hat, wig or cloak to suit your character.

So far this year we have successfully costumed, Fagin and Mr Bumble from Oliver, Fantine from Les Miserables, Laurey from Oklahoma, Christine from Phantom of the Opera, Amos from Chicago, Freddy from My Fair Lady and Don Giovanni.

Call us now on 01908 372504 to book your costume for this term – we love to help



Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Where can I find cast costumes for Mary Poppins?


Everyone loves the children’s classic story of Mary Poppins, the eccentric nanny who appears by magic to look after Jane and Michael Banks.

The children have the time of their lives embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her cockney friend Bert.

At Admiral we have a superb collection of Edwardian era costumes suitable for your production in all sizes from child to adult.

Mary Poppins the main character has a wonderful skirt and jacket with the customary tie on boater hat with flowers and ribbons. She changes into a long lace dress with red waist clincher and straw boater for the ‘Jolly Holiday’ number.

Bert is a chimney sweep, wearing tweed trousers, scruffy jacket and cap, changing into white trousers and striped boating jacket for Jolly Holiday.

We have an excellent Mr Banks in his smart suit and bowler hat for working at the bank, his banking colleagues in their tailcoats and Mrs Banks in elegant Edwardian attire with hat, gloves and parasol.

Jane and Michael are dressed as Edwardian children; Jane with her knee length dress and over pinny and John in short tweed trousers and a wool pullover.

We have maids, Miss Corry the owner of  a magical talking shop in bright striped skirt, bodice, cape and bonnet, and a rather severe costumes for Mr Bank’s Nanny.

For the chorus our waistcoats and neckties are brilliant for your chimney sweeps, skirts, shawls, jackets and capes for your townsfolk and kite fliers, and of course skirt, apron and shawl for the raggedy old bird woman.

Mary Poppins is a fabulous show for schools, with wonderful songs and great costumes to bring it all to life. The individual characters from the story make them an excellent choice for book days and fancy dress.

We are delighted that Beachborough school chose us to costume their recent production which was a resounding success and we thank them for the wonderful pictures below.

For more information on our costumes for shows like Mary Poppins, please give us a call on 01908 372504 or visit our website www.admiralcostumes.co.uk.  We are happy to supply full casts or individuals.



Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Fancy Dress for children


At Admiral we have some truly fabulous fancy dress outfits for children for hire at very reasonable rates.

We can supply whole groups of costumes for schools, youth drama and am dram and are also happy to kit out individuals – whatever their size!

We have all the characters from your favourite school plays; Oliver, Bugsy Malone, Wind inthe Willows, Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins and Grease. Costumes that we have provided recently are Mr Bumble, Nelson, Horatio Hornblower, Nancy, Eliza Doolittle, Maria Von Trapp and Rolfe, to name just a few.

We also have excellent Victorian costumes, Viking outfits, Roman costumes and Shakespeare style for those educational days that catch you out in the school calendar.

All our hire costumes are excellent quality and can be altered to fit if necessary. The outfit comes complete, with authentic hat, gloves, petticoat and other accessories if required for an all-inclusive price of just £20.00.

If you need a costume for your child for book day, historical day or a school production, then do give us a call as we have an enormous collection of gorgeous children’s costumes to choose from.

Give us a call on 01908 372504 and chat to our staff who have knowledge and experience in costuming all eras and can help you select a perfect outfit for your child.

We also make bespoke costumes, so we can run up a waistcoat or frock coat for your child – no problem and costumes can be posted to you anywhere in the UK
Visit www.admiralcostumes.co.uk – we love to help




Monday, 19 March 2018

Fancy Dress to buy in Buckinghamshire


A truly magnificent range of Fancy Dress costumes are available for you to purchase on-line from Admiral Costumes.

Choose from a massive selection of outfits for adults and children in sizes small to XL. Fantastic hats and accessories to complement the outfits can also be ordered for you from our on-line shop. 

We post costumes to you as soon as we can to any address in the UK and to most places in the world.

Items ordered on line are usually in store for the next day and if you require multiple items for groups or shows, then do give us a call to arrange colour matching and sizing – we love to help.

If any of the items that you have chosen are out of stock then we always let you know and offer an alternative if possible.

With plenty of free parking at our store, customers in nearby Milton Keynes, Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard, Dunstable and surrounding areas can purchase items securely on line and arrange to collect from our Little Horwood store at their convenience, avoiding carriage and packing charges.

A superb selection of fancy dress costumes and accessories can be browsed on our website http://www.admiralcostumes.co.uk/?page_id=1350

From adult and child costumes, through to wigs, masks, face-paint and accessories, there is a great selection to choose from.



Call us now on 01908 372504



Fancy Dress – Admiral Costumes your giant dressing up box in Milton Keynes


Where would you go to get a fancy dress costume comprising of yellow tights, green shirt, breeches, pixie shoes, jerkin and leather apron?

That’s just what we’ve been asked for this week to costume a child for a school production of Beauty and the Beast.

Who would you call if you needed a 1920s outfit for a baroness in icy colours?
That’s just what we have provided for a murder mystery event with very specific character references.

We have a fantastic collection of all kinds of clothing items and combinations suitable for school productions, amateur dramatics, murder-mystery parties or for personal events.

Here at Admiral Costumes we are just like a giant dressing-up box, with a massive stock of all kinds of costume items including coloured tights, waistcoats, bow ties, hats, gloves, headdresses, belts and jewellery accessories in all colours, styles and sizes ready for you to hire.

If we don’t have what you require then we will either source it or make it for you at very reasonable rates.  

Items we have made recently include: striped waistcoats, polka dot 1950’s dress, tie, 2 matching chinese tunics, Elizabethan dress, a child’s sheep outfit and a 1940’s style suit.

Give us a call if you have a costume challenge on 01908 372504, we love to help.
www.admiralcostumes.co.uk