Costume Store in pictures

  • Elizabethan

    An Elizabethan-style dress, modelled by Karen, in pink shot silk with an embroidered bodice, worn by Annette Robinson as the understudy for Queen Anne in Richard III. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • First floor rails

    Rails of costumes on the first floor of Costume Store. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • Victorian

    This peach and blue dress clothed Charles Dickens's Estella in the stage version of Great Expectations. Made from silk with silk lace, it is 19th-century Victorian in style, modelled by Ellen. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • belts

    A row of leather and metal belts in the Costume Store. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • Cleopatra

    Purple dress worn by a handmaiden in Jubilee (2001), modelled by Ellen in front of the shoe store. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • masks

    Some of the animal and grotesque masks from our large collection. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • waistcoat rail

    A rail of men's waistcoats and other garments in Costume Store. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • Traditional military

    Red military jacket, from American General, modelled by Matt. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • bonnets

    A shelf of bonnets from the Victorian hats section of Costume Store. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • Carolean

    Carolean-style dress, modelled by Rachel, in bronze and gold sateen. The dress was designed by Tom Piper and worn by Sara Crowe as Lady Frugal in The City Madam, Philip Massinger's 1632 comedy which played in the Swan Theatre in 2011.

  • red and gold Elizabethan

    Red and gold silk Elizabethan-style dress, modelled by Elsie, with a plate collar in silk organza and lace.

  • pink bumblebee

    As well as an extensive collection of period pieces, Costume Store also has several rails of fantasy items, including the pink bumblebee costume, modelled by Ellen. This was worn by Simone Saunders playing Sylvia in American Trade (2011). Photo by Emma Trimble.


  • Ecclesiastical

    The top floor of Costume Store houses military uniforms as well as rails of ecclesiastical robes, including this doge's costume, modelled by Matt. Photo by Emma Trimble.

  • modern military

    Twentieth-century military uniform, modelled by Matt, including a belt worn by Anthony Sher. Photo by Emma Trimble.

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