Tuesday 24 January 2023

Jack and the Beanstalk Costumes

 We love panto season and one of our very favourites is Jack and the Beanstalk.

With Jack and Jill living with their mother (Dame) in a tiny cottage and the hilarious banter with Silly Billy and Daisy the cow, we love getting the pantomime 4 piece cow costume out again and the chorus villager outfits.

From the farmer in his smock and floppy hat to the prince and other royals in their fine attire, we have everything you need to make your pantomime a success.

Give us a call for more information and to discuss your needs.

Thursday 7 July 2022

James and The Giant Peach Costumes

When James Henry Trotter's parents get tragically killed by an escaped Rhino, James moves in with his  dreadful Aunts, Spiker and Sponge.

Everyone loves Roald Dahl's amazing stories and James and the Giant Peach is definitely one of the nations favourites, with James' fantastic adventure inside a giant peach and all the strange creatures he encounters within.

We were so excited to prepare a set of costumes for a school production in London with all the 'insects' portrayed in humanoid form, with just a nod to the creature that they represented.

Ladybird sported a red polka dot dress and cape with a hat and goggles, Grasshopper was dressed in a green tailcoat and shiny waistcoat, Silkworm was swathed in gold silk and centipede looked really cool in a teddy boy jacket with a sash of 'boots' and a top hat with steam punk goggles.

Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker were suitably dressed in sinister granny type clothes, with lots of dark layers and hats with net.

Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions, we have no pictures of the costumes in action, however here are some images of our favourite costumes that we put together for this show.

For more information on our bespoke costume service, please call 01908 372504 or e-mail us at admiralcostumes@btconnect.com

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 admiralcostumes@btconnect.com

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 admiralcostumes@btconnect.com 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 admiralcostumes@btconnect.com

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 www.admiralcostumes.co.uk 

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 ……