How Does the Hiring Process Work?
We suggest you begin by browsing our website for pictures or listings of costumes for inspiration. Alternatively, you can contact us directly if you have something particular in mind.
Place your order by phone or email including basic measurements of height and waist for all performers. A ‘Costume Template’ to assist you is provided below. A 25% deposit is payable at the time of booking.
You will have access to costumes two weeks prior to your performance (subject to availability) and these may be collected, sent by courier or via Australia Post (to anywhere in Australia). If for some reason, you are not 100% satisfied with your costumes, a swap or exchange can usually take place in good time, with no last minute panic.
Costumes arrive folded in bags, individually packaged and labelled for students, making distribution easy. A full inventory is also provided. To return costumes, simply collect and check all your items off the list, and return them to Costumes without Drama – no need to sort or launder.
What does it cost?
Prices vary depending on the number and style of costumes required, such as whether they are custom made or ‘off the rack’. Individual items, such as a single shirt or hat are charged at a per item price. You will be pleasantly surprised at the affordability of hiring your quality costumes from us.
Full service costume hire, including the taking of measurements, delivery and fitting/dress rehearsal during school hours is available within the Melbourne metro area for an additional fee, along with bump in and bump out assistance. Please enquire about this service.
Can you custom make costumes?
Occasionally we do not have a particular costume on hand, or the size you require is not available. Every effort will be made to provide you with a costume to meet your particular requirements. If hire costumes are made to order, a small additional hire charge may apply.
Alternatively, you may require a costume to be custom designed and made from scratch. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Custom Costumes Available
The team at Costumes without Drama can design and custom make costumes for performers or for promotional purposes. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
A selection of the productions we have costumed include:
- A Christmas Carol
- A Christmas Pageant (Bushfire Press)
- Alice in Wonderland
- ANZAC 100-year anniversary theme
- Beauty and the Beast
- Beowulf, User Friendly
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Children of the Black Skirt
- Cinderella Rockerfella
- Currawong Creek (Bushfire Press)
- Commedia dell’arte
- Dangerkids (Bushfire Press)
- Dragon Girl (Bushfire Press)
- Fiddler on the Roof
- HMS Pinafore (Bushfire Press)
- Into the Woods
- It’s a Jungle Out There
- Kids in Camelot (Bushfire Press)
- Kids in Paradise (Bushfire Press)
- Kids in Space (Bushfire Press)
- Kidsummer Night’s Dream (Bushfire Press)
- Little Red Riding Hood
- Masquerade! (Bushfire Press)
- Mulan Jr
- Once Upon a Time (Bushfire Press)
- Peter Pan
- Pinocchio The Musical (Bushfire Press)
- Pirates of Penzance
- Robin and his Hoodies
- School of Fish
- Seussical the Musical
- Superkids (Bushfire Press)
- The Billabong Prank
- The Jungle Book
- The Lion King
- The Little Mermaid
- The Mikado
- The Sound of Music
- The Tempest
- The Wizard of Oz
- Willy Wonka
We have also costumed many original productions written by Drama teachers specifically for their students
COSTUME SETS (incorporating Costume Categories)
Full cast sets are available for all Bushfire Press productions and many other assorted plays.
Sets include: all main characters and themes of assorted items to tie together ‘chorus’ groups. For example, the package for ‘Pirates of Penzance’ includes costumes for all the main characters: Major-General Stanley, The Pirate King, Samuel, Frederic, Pirate 1, Pirate 2, Sergeant of Police, Mabel, Edith, Kate, Isabel and Ruth, a limited number of accessories like swords, cutlasses etc., bandannas, boleros, scruffy shirts and pants for the pirates, police uniforms for the troupe of police, and chorus of ‘sisters’. We understand that there are often variations made to cast sizes, which can be accommodated.
Tips and hints to look after your costume wardrobe at school
Aka ‘The black hole’, the messy room, the dumping ground etc is a place of mystery. Going into it is not for the feint hearted.
There are two very important rules for the school Costume Wardrobe, sadly they are not always respected by other members of staff or students.
Rule 1. NEVER put costumes away dirty. Five year old perspiration and makeup will never come out, so just don’t do it.
Rule 2. Put it back where it came from. Haha! As if that would ever happen.
The only way to make sure Rule 2 is obeyed is for ONLY one person to have the keys to the room.
Then there is the question of storage. Do you use tubs, shelving or racking. If you have 100 tubs they need to be organised in a ‘fool proof’ manner, or you will be forever searching.
Clothes racks are definitely the easiest way to organise the wardrobe, but CAN take up a lot of space if the rails are not at useful heights.
Costumes without Drama uses a variety of storage techniques, with the bulk of the costumes hanging on rails.
When hanging costumes on rails, it is so much easier to be consistent with your hanging technique. Believe it or not there is a right and wrong way to hang. We, at Costumes without Drama ALWAYS hang garments on coat hangers so the hook at the top is pointing to the left if the garment is facing you. That way we can always get to the label for easy identification. And always hang hangers in in the same direction on the rails.
Useful Fact Sheets
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