I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business www.StepIntoHistory.com.au is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published March 7th 2014
I felt a bit like Alice discovering a wonderland of dress up
Today I was visiting Petrie Terrace Art Gallery and happened to notice a Costume Hire sign. So in I went.
WOW! What a treasure trove. There are racks and racks of costumes jammed into a tiny space - costumes from every time period you can think of.
Racks and racks and racks of every type of costume imaginable.
The Costume Cottage create costumes for children's theatre, new works, musical theatre, through to full-scale period plays. Along with reproduction and character costumes, the collection includes a comprehensive range of authentic vintage clothing dating from the 1890s onwards. Clothing can be hired by the public. See more here.
Glorious costumes area available for hire.
Cute cape for cooler weather.
I was given a tour by a delightful young woman who volunteers there. As well as costumes for hire, these ladies make costumes - in particular they were finishing making costumes for Pride and Prejudice. They are stunning; I can't wait to see who gets to wear the glorious, striped satiny number.
A volunteer with a difference.
To my delight I also discovered they make to order. For years I have wanted a spencer [short jacket] but it is totally beyond my sewing skills. I've already gathered up my patterns and fabric and will be visiting those clever seamstresses to find out costs.
Seamstresses tucked in to tiny corners busily creating.