School Resources

Reception class at Coombe Road Primary access an Indian dress-up box to help them celebrate Diwali.

Costume Hire

We have a vast array of clothing and costume in children's sizes -from pre-schoolers to teenagers! We can cater for many a popular musical or school play, and when we’re not busy with Christmas and End-of-Year shows, there’s always the Shakespeare in Schools Festival and the Let’s Dance Schools’ Celebration to keep us on our toes. Find out more about our costume collection...

Complementing this, our aim at Gladrags is to provide costume and artefacts as an affordable and enhancing learning tool, pertinent to school subjects, activities, and key learning objectives. Worn by both teachers and pupils our costumes have enriched many a classroom topic, project, presentation or open day.

Go to Shared Ideas to find out how other teachers have used our resources and Educational Workshops to see what we can offer further.

We offer historical costume, vintage garments and authentic cultural clothing to suit most eras and countries, plus plenty more from animals to aliens, princesses to clowns. Perfect for a Stunning Start, we can kit out a range of key historical figures, from Cleopatra and Florence Nightingale to Henry VIII and Nelson Mandella ... and The Bard goes without saying!

Used imaginatively, our Resource Boxes offer a fresh and interactive approach to cross-curricula learning at KS1 / KS2 / KS3 levels. Common requests from schools for History Boxes include: Early Britons, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Tudors, Victorians & Evacuees, WW1 and WW2, Our Continents and Countries collection caters for a range of European and World cultures and we can curate almost any topic outside of these: Circus, Fairytales, Superheroes and Space to name but a few!

Schools benefit from our subsidised rates, £3 an outfit for members, £6 for non-members – see Costume Hire Prices for further details.

Download our Primary School posters for your staffroom:

Schools Members promo poster
Schools New promo poster

Resource Boxes

Small African Resource Box: clothing, fabrics, artefacts
12 items; £7.50 for members  £9.50 for non-members

Large Evacuee Suitcase: 1940s clothing, toys and artefacts for two children. 25 items; £15 for members  £20 for non-members

Our Resource Boxes

  • Contain clothing, accessories and artefacts tailored to your specific project.
  • Inspire discussion, enquiry and creative learning and writing.
  • Complement role-play, hot-seating, freeze-framing, character work.
  • Contribute to increased understanding of a topic, text or subject matter.
  • Invite exploration of social and historical contexts of era, country or culture.

Resource Boxes are also priced keenly from £5 for members £8 for non-members. See Resource Box Prices.

We do appreciate how very busy you are, and as well as selecting costumes yourselves, you can simply order boxes for collection; give us your wish-list and where we can we’ll get it all together for you!

“Absolutely fantastic resource – the boy and girl suitcases brought the “evacuee” experience
to life. We sometimes forget that many items in those days really need a hands on approach
to get the real understanding of the time. The children loved the experience
and I would recommend it to others.”

Manoj Natha-Hansen

Teacher, Meath Green School

Annual Membership

It is worth considering membership if you are likely to hire more than 25 costumes in the course of a year, as the hire will be even more cost effective. Membership is open to not-for-profit organisations, and schools and colleges as a means of receiving further benefits, which are:

  • 40 -50% discount on costume hire and topic boxes (see Prices)
  • 20% discount on educational workshops
  • free use of sewing and costume-making equipment
  • free use of library service, including loan of books
  • priority relating to use of costume storage service
  • any new services on offer

Members are consulted on our resources and service provision to help us make improvements, and invited to volunteer time and expertise to Gladrags as a way of contribututing to the organisation. There are no formal voting or related rights attached to membership.

“I regularly send my students to Gladrags to find costumes for their drama AS level exam performances. The exam requires them to source costumes themselves, which can be daunting, and I know they will be well supported at Gladrags to choose costumes that will boost their performance work.  Because the students pictured could access the period costumes they needed they were able to really engage with their characters, notably in terms of mannerisms and movement.”

Charlotte Grosvenor

Head of Drama, Cardinal Newman School

You can make your budget stretch further by becoming a member.

Annual membership fee applies and entitles you to at least 40% discount on all hires. Read more


Apply For Membership

You can download a membership application form here: 

Membership Form – Amateur, Fringe Arts
Membership Form – Independent, Higher Ed 

                                                                                                                                      Students from Brighton Met College select costumes

Opening times by appointment: ****************************** Tuesdays 10am to 6pm Fridays 10am to 4pm ******************************

Call us:

Tel: 07940 295623


Unit 10 Westergate Business Centre
Westergate road