Ladies’ Victorian outfits for hire

 

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Please complete the Hire form when you are planning outfit hire as this gives us all the details needed to see if we can assist and enable us to answer you promptly.

Hire fees are from £30 per week and include either a hoop or a bustle pad, a hat or bonnet and gloves and bag.

We have some simpler outfits from £25 per week. A refundable deposit also applies. Please read our Terms and Conditions.

Delivery to you and return to us is via a carrier service and is from £18 per carton to UK addresses . If you are hiring more than one outfit we will be pleased to quote a bulk delivery price.

What you see on the website is only a small portion of our stock, but here are some examples of our ladies wear for hire: We stock size 10 to size 20 and over.

 

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These fabulous images of two of our outfits were taken at The Winter Gardens in Morecambe by Darren Athersmith. For more details of his work go to www.darrenathersmith.com

Lady Bracknell Outfits

We recently provided costumes for a production of The Importance of Being Earnest and these two outfits were made especially for the character of Lady Bracknell.  They are elaborate daywear suits for the period of early to mid 1890s .

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Mauve and silver grey outfit in taffeta with contrast brocade panel and cuff detail edged in silver grey braid trim.. The skirt trains out at the rear and the jacket fastens with a marquesite brooch.
The skirt and jacket are fully lined.  The outfit consists of skirt,jacket, hat,blouse, underskirt, gloves and parasol and bag. Hire fee for complete outfit with accessories £50
Jacket Bust 42/43   Nape to Hem 24  Skirt adjusts from waist 35 to 40 Front length 42  Backlength 50

 

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Bronze taffeta  and cream embroidered  brocade  edged in lace and braid trim..The waistcoat is an integral part of the outfit and the skirt trains out at the rear .
The skirt and jacket are fully lined.  The outfit consists of skirt,jacket, hat,blouse, underskirt, gloves and parasol and bag. Hire fee for complete outfit with accessories £50
Jacket Bust 42/43   Nape to Hem 25  Skirt adjusts from waist 34 to 40  Front length 42  Backlength 50
EVENING GOWNS

We have a selection of evening wear for hire, below is just a selection of what we have available

Gold

Elaborate evening wear dripping with lace and beads in gold taffeta embroidered with small scrolls.

The bodice top is trimmed with lace and glass beads and sits just on the shoulder. The sleeves are gathered and again trimmed with lace and glass beads. It fastens at the back with a row of buttons. The skirt is very full, gathered at the waist, and fastened at the back.The hem is finished with braid. It is worn over a hoop petticoat. Bust 40″ Waist 33″. Hire Fee £40 includes hoop,gloves,bag and tiara.

 

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Gorgeous copper coloured skirt with front swag and elaborate gathering to the back. It can be worn with either brocade evening top or fitted black  jacket.

The jacket is a tight fitting military style with asymetric fastenings. The hem is shaped and goes to a point at the rear. For evening wear it can be teamed with this brocade top that has lacing at the back. Jacket and Top fits Bust 36″ and the skirt is 29″-31″ waist and 39″ long.

Hire fee £35 including headdress or  hat, bag and gloves

 

Beautiful blue

This lovely outfit was created for a production of An Inspector Calls . The top is lavishly decorated with braid, both at the front and back, and has lace at the hem and cuffs.

The skirt has a panel in the same material and trim as the top, whilst the remainder of the skirt is velvet. It has a slight train to the back of it and falls in a lovely way at the rear. Bust 38″, Waist 33″ Length of skirt 40″. Hire Fee £40 includes headdress, bag and gloves

 

 A SELECTION OF OUR DAYWEAR

 

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This ensemble sits over a crinoline of about 13 feet circumference. The jacket is velvet with bobble trim and the skirt is a jacquard material with scalloped edge. The jacket is a loose fitting design suitable for Bust 44/46 and the skirt adjust from 36 to 40 waist.  Hire fee includes a  matching hat and bag,a pair of gloves  and the crinoline. Hire Fee £40

 

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A lovely summer outfit in pale lemon broderie anglaise consisting of jacket with pagoda sleeves and muslin undersleeves, full skirt with hoop underskirt, hat and dolly bag . Parasol and lace gloves included. There is a bonnet in the lemon broderie  anglaise if preferred.

Top: Bust 40″ and max.waist 36. Skirt Waist 32 to 46 and length 45″.

Hire Fee Complete outfit including hat,dolly bag,hoop and gloves £35

 

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Lovely pink, white and black dress adorned with lots of lace and trim, and is a beautifully made outfit. It was probarbly originally made for My Fair Lady. We also have a housekeepers dress of the same period and from the same source.

This dress is a 36-38″ Bust and 28″ Waist. Hire Fee £40 including accessories

 

OUR POPULAR VELVET JACKET SUITS

There are various other sets in different colours, but all feature covered buttons,and lovely detail to the cuffs which match the skirt. The sets are available in a range of sizes.

Hire Fee £30 including hat, bag and gloves

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A skirt and fitted jacket set comprising of:

Vibrant Kingfisher Blue Very Heavy Tafetta bell skirt. Size 10. The skirt hem is finished off with a braid and scroll work hem line. The skirt is approx 45 inches long and is a floor sweeper!

 

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A skirt and fitted jacket set comprising of:

Vibrant Flame Orange Very Heavy Tafetta bell skirt Size 14. The skirt hem is finished off with a black lace and braid hem line. The skirt is approx 45 inches long .

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And finally a set in a lovely blue with separate bustle to rear and gorgeous matching hat. The jacket and hat are trimmed in a blue braid to match the skirt.  Size 14

Pretty in Pink

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Skirt and jacket in pale pink and lovely cream and pink blouse. The hat is trimmed with pink flowers and the outfit includes a bag and gloves. Bust 38 Waist max 32. Hire Fee £30

Victorian 1878 Visiting Dress

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A very elegant reproduction visiting dress based on an original from Harper’s Bazaar, July 1878. This gown consists of 4 pieces which are the bodice, skirt, overskirt and removable bustle feature.

This elegant toilette is of fawn coloured taffeta and dark maroon taffeta. The skirt is bordered with pleated flounces. The over-skirt is trimmed with a pleated flounce at the front and sides to match the skirt. Clusters of bows trim the optional bustle attachment which attaches to the back of the bodice. Similar bows are set up the front of the overskirt and the bottom of the sleeves. A series of ties hold the overskirt and skirt in position. The bodice is constructed from the fawn taffeta, and is flat lined in hessian, lined and boned at the front and sides. The sleeves feature pleated cuffs which are trimmed with a matching bow.

There is a pleated feature at the back of the bodice at the bottom which is trimmed with self-covered buttons to which the removable bustle feature attaches to. There is a front closure with 12 self-covered buttons. The skirt is constructed from the maroon taffeta and is trimmed with a fawn coloured pleated band at the back hem of the skirt, and two further maroon pleated bands which have been trimmed with the fawn taffeta. The front hem features a single maroon pleated band trimmed with fawn.

The overskirt is constructed from the fawn taffeta at the front which has been trimmed with bows and a pleated band. The back of the overskirt is constructed from the maroon taffeta and is lined to the knee level and stiffened with hessian to hold the ‘poof’ in shape. The bottom of the overskirt at the back is trimmed with fawn taffeta.

There is also a removable bustle feature which buttons to the back of the bodice. This is constructed from maroon taffeta and is fully lined in the fawn and is trimmed down the centre with bows. The outfit can be worn with or without this feature.

Measurements are as follows:-

Skirt – 28” waist, 44” length, hips free

Overskirt – 28” waist, hips free

Jacket – 36/37” bust (max), 28” waist

Hire Fee £45 including a hat, bag and gloves.

 

Purple Silk & Victorian Bead Gown

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Exquisite Purple Taffeta and Black Velvet – 5 piece Dinner and Ball Dress  The attention to detail on this dress is outstanding. It truly is a one of kind dress!! Whoever is seen in this dress will appreciate all the little painstaking details that makes this dress so unique!

Gathered Taffeta Bodice with Velvet stripes all around fastened with hooks and eyes, the length is 22″ from neck to neck,  Bust is 35 1/2″.

Gathered 3 tiered sleeves decorated with black velvet. Black silk fringe at cuff trimmed with black velvet ribbon. Sleeves can be pushed up to accomodate matching undersleeves. Undersleeves are also trimmed with black velvet ribbon.
Underskirt – Matching purple taffeta material which contains black velvet polka dots. Waist is 28″ with extra 1 1/2″ overlay. Skirt length from bottom of waistband to hem is 40″. extra hem 2+” Skirt circumfrance is 270″ Can be worn worn alone (for a different look) or with with the overskirt.

Overskirt – Gorgeous solid purple taffeta trimmed all around in two rows of 1/2″ black velvet, black frogs on lower part of skirt. Several yards of 3″ silk black fringe, and black velvet bows. Shallow part of overskirt in front is also pleated. Overskirt waist is 29″. Matching sash.

Hire Fee £50 including gloves and a hat

 

Red Silk 3 Piece Victorian Costume

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A wonderful soft silk 2 piece outfit teamed up with a blouse to make a three piece costume.The silk 2 piece is very ornate with sewn decorations of gold braid that create lotus patterns and trellis works also acsented with beads. Sized at a very comfortable 14-16 with a full skirt thats suits a hoop very well.

Hire fee £30 includea a bag, hat and gloves

The Queen Victoria Costume

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This outfit comprises of: A size 16/18 top/Bodice with flared sleeves trimmed with black faux fur, Then adorned with white lace to the cuff areas. Front “V” shaped white cotton lace to the frontage decoration of jet beading more black fur and a fur collar.

The blue sash has medals attached to it and is tied simply to the side. The Black skirt has been made to accommodate a cage or underskirts. (There is a large white lace over skirt that belongs to this outfit not shown) This is a very close copy of the famous mourning costume worn by HRH Queen Victoria after Albert’s Death. Hire Fee £37.50

 

Victorian School Mistress

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A nice black costume consisting of black jacket with slight leg o’mutton sleeves with a black skirt, both in a heavy weight cotton. This comes with a small hoop skirt and bustle pad. Excellent for school days and events in the Victorian theme. This is available in size 10, 12, 14/16. Please note that there may be slight variations in trim. Hire fee £30 including bonnet, bag and gloves

 

Mary Poppins

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The Famous ‘Arrival Outfit’ from the film, “Mary Poppins”, consisting of black genuine Edwardian felt coat with vintage buttons to the front in an A-line flare, A royal blue elasticated top skirt with the familiar 2 white stripes to the front, an elegant collared shirt in pin stripe blue & white, white apron with back ties, little red bow tie, vintage carpet bag & black straw hat with the daisies and cherries. We regret that we no longer have the umbrella featured but an alternative will be supplied.Will fit size 12/16