Costumes for Professional Stage and Screen

“Gladrags is a treasure trove of glamour and nostalgia. Wearing their clothes is a total joy!”

Sir Ian Mckellen

Photo courtesy of Ambassador Theatre Group Productions for their Mother Goose Tour
Stylist Lucy Bradridge; Photography Chris Lincé

At Gladrags, we marry our expertise in costume provision across centuries and cultures with a respect for professional creative process. In our Aladdin’s cave, you can browse freely to create your perfect looks, or access our bespoke styling service, which delivers to the brief of costume designers, supervisors and stylists to bring your costume vision to life.  

Established since 1994, we are inherently sustainable with 95% of our 8000+ stock gifted, repurposed and regularly refreshed by costume donations from production companies, theatres, and private collections. Together they bring us both unique theatrical costumes as far back as the Iron Age to genuine vintage garments dating back to the late 19th century. 

From award-winning documentary makers Passion Productions and BBC's Malory Towers to Brighton Dome and Chichester Festival Theatre, a range of production and theatre companies collaborate with us and look to our planet-friendly costume service to support a more sustainable solution to production design, costume construction and set-dressing. 

Please see below for example productions that feature Gladrags costumes and further information on our service. 

Film and Television

                                 Vindication Swim trailer by Relseh Productions 

(left to right) Christopher Wren Builds a Cathedral, award winning short film produced by Tom Weston;
Rosa Parks, BBC Education documentary series, True StoriesVindication Swim, feature film, RELSAH Productions.

Theatre and Stage

"The quality of their collection is enhanced by the way their stock has been accumulated and as designers, we are giving garments a new chapter in that history. There's a real passion in the team for what Gladrags does and this is reflected in their service. Gladrags is about community impact. They understand the wider impact of sustainability and their customers and volunteers all fit into that picture." 
Stewart Charlesworth, Production Designer. The Magic Flute. Photos by Julian Guidera.

(left to right) A Midsummer Night's Dream - Lord Chamberlin's Men; Le Nozze di Figaro - Dorset Opera; Finding Grace, dance, Ester Natzij. 

"Gladrags is my number one 'go to' for all things fun and period. As a local I am so lucky to have this incredible collection on my doorstep. Vania and the team really know what’s what when it comes to putting a rail together for me. Their ethos around recycling and repurposing really taps into my own practice as a professional costume designer which has often led to some wonderful collaborative ideas".

Ryan Laight

Costume and Set Designer

Advertising and Corporate

                             (left to right) Instagram influencer - Jessica Kellgren-Fozard, Peaky Blinders series launch - Sketch Events;
SS19 London Fashion Week, Rottendean Bazaar.

The Gel Bottle Inc, advert for the launch of their Regency Bloom nail collection.
Creative Director and Stylist: Daisy Grayson 

We are open by appt Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 6pm.
Before enquiring, please view our current hire procedures here.

A visit to Gladrags is more than a transaction, it’s an experience. We like to make our approach to costume hire as differentiated and flexible as possible, understanding your particular process, working to your particular brief. These are some of the ways we can help you: 


  • Tour and introduction to our costume collection for future planning, design ideas and inspiration 
  • Dedicated gathering rails, on-site fitting room and free off-site fittings loan 
  • Freedom to browse, source and style costumes yourselves, with assistance from our team, if desired 
  • Have our knowledgeable stylists put together palette rails according to your brief, or create whole looks, saving valuable designer time 
  • Access to our free Rehome-it! stock of recycled garments and fabric to further your own sustainable costume practise 
  • Hire by the item, allowing you to blend with other suppliers or your own costume makes. See our prices here 
  • Discounts applied for production weeks and tours 
  • Access to our mini costume reference library 
  • Alterations service as well as the potential for your own team to alter and adapt costumes


If you are working within the theatre Green Book standards, or striving towards sustainability goals, hiring from Gladrags is an environmentally conscious choice. Here are some of our commitments: 

  • The predominant use of second-hand clothing, costume, textiles and apparel for hire 
  • Prolonging the life of donated costumes through repair, redesign and repurpose, using 75% second-hand textiles, haberdashery, sewing machines and equipment  
  • Re-use and otherwise re-homing of every scrap of fabric, connecting with designers, makers, community and re-use organisations 
  • Planet-friendly textile care, including 100% use of eco washing products, low wash-cycles, natural clothing sprays and steam cleaning  

You can be part of a closed-loop costume journey, whereby we reduce textile waste together.
Find out more here about our environmental impact.

Gladrags costume resource and expertise provides a unique opportunity
for professional companies and arts practitoners
to benefit from our planet friendly apparel resource. 

The funding we accrue by hiring our costumes and artefacts to
film and theatre companies, enables us to offer subsidised costume hire packages,
and resource activities that are educational, that entertain communities
or that support wellbeing for disadvantaged groups across Sussex and beyond.

Opening times by appointment: ****************************** Tuesdays 10am to 6pm Thursdays 10am to 6pm Fridays 10am to 6pm

Call us:

Tel: 07940 295623


Unit 10 Westergate Business Centre
Westergate road