Friday, 24 May 2019

Costumes for Schools

Here at Admiral Costumes we hold a massive stock of costumes for schools ready and waiting for your next school production.

For many children, the school play has become the highlight of the school calendar, with music, dancing and dressing up in a fun and lively atmosphere.

In this digital age, drama creates a wonderful opportunity to socialise and interact with friends outside of the classroom. Students can hone their singing and dancing skills, practice stage management and gain confidence in many transferable skills that are required for later in life.

School productions have become extremely professional with the inclusion of theatre skills, front of house, back-stage work, props and of course the digital sound and lighting techniques that are used in theatre today.

Most musicals and plays are set in a past time and this gives the students an opportunity to not only learn about the clothing that was worn during that period, but a chance to wear it as well.

Admiral Costumes can supply you with period and theatrical costumes for any era or genre in large quantities for your school production or drama group with a large cast.

Popular shows that we constantly supply our customers with are; The Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Daisy Pulls it Off, Annie, Les Miserables, Oliver and many more.  In line with the curriculum we also supply Accrington Pals, oh What  Lovely War and Journey’s End which are set in WW1, The Crucible and WW2 costumes for forties events.

More pictures of our costumes 4 schools can be seen here;

If you have a show coming up and need some costumes, then do give us a call on 01908 372504.  We can work to all budgets and can send you a costume list to get you started.

E-mail us for friendly advice on your costume requirements on we love to help.

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

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  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
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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

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