We are open BY APPOINTMENT Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 6pm

We are a unique, creative, eco-minded charity providing over 8000 pre-loved costumes to schools, youth and community groups, amateur & fringe theatre, and the wider arts community.

By offering subsidised costume hire packages, we resource activities that are
educational, that entertain communities or that support wellbeing.

Funding for this is boosted by hiring to professional film and theatre companies
and providing vintage and theatrical party outfits to the general public.

Established since 1994, 95% of our collection continues to be made up of quality donated, recycled and repurposed garments and artefacts, They are the core of our planet-friendly ethos and long-standing commitment to be part of the solution to a sustainable textile industry.

Costume provision: whether you are a small youth group or film production company we can cater to your needs, with a range of high quality costumes, accessories and props suitable for adults, young people and children. Our historical costumes and vintage outfits span from stone-age to present day, and we stock further collections of authentic world dress, uniforms, animals, fantasy and much more. Read on.

We pride ourselves in making the experience of choosing and wearing our costumes an accessible, enjoyable and rewarding one for all, acknowledging diverse needs. We offer a range of additional provisions to help with creative and design projects, including costume-making equipment, reference library and free recycled fabrics.

Community Impact: our affordable costume service offers sliding scale prices start at £3 an outfit per week for schools & colleges, community & youth groups, amateur & fringe arts, charities and low-budget projects, This means that you can benefit from the variety and professional quality of our costumes at a fraction of the average commercial cost. 

We provide resource boxes tailored to: school curriculuum topics, heritage and reminisicence activities, as well as wellbeing sessions. Find out about all our resources for schools here.

Outreach programme: As a charity we are committed to reaching groups and individuals who experience disadvantage and isolation. To this end we turn our skills and resources into transformative and educational tools delivering creative experiential activities where they are most needed within our community. Find out here about our educational workshops, Storybox sessions and reminiscence provision.

Professionals: Our collection and expertise is built from a 30 year long ethos of sustainable costume practise and includes countless collaborations with film, TV and theatre. Find out more here about our professional hire service, our bespoke styling service and how we can support your own planet-conscious endeavours,

Party Hire: Individuals can hire costumes too, from £25 an outfit. We're not a fancy dress shop but if you're after a vintage or theatrical look, or want the space to rummage and get creative with costume, we can help you with our pre-loved costumes..

Our work with professionals and partygoers alike supports a hire-not-buy approach. You help to subsidise the low rates we offer to our beneficiary groups, fund our Sussex outreach programme and actively join us in reducing textile waste. Together we enable community projects to thrive sustainably.

We look forward to welcoming you at Gladrags soon.

Please contact us for bookings or further information

To offer donations of costumes or artefacts, please read our info on donating items HERE.

We have a range of policies that underpin our work and our responsibilities. View the Gladrags Privacy Notice HERE, detailing how we collect, process and store personal data safely and in accordance with GDPR (General Data Protection Legislation).

View the Gladrags Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy HERE, detailing our commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion and the prevention of discrimination for workers, volunteers, trustees and members of the public who access our services.

Thank you to our donors:

Opening times by appointment only ****************************** Tuesdays 10am to 6pm Thursdays 10am to 6pm Fridays 10am to 6pm ****************************** Registered Charity Number: 1122704

Call us:

In opening hours: 01273 609184
Out of hours: 07940 295623


Unit 10 Westergate Business Centre
Westergate road