Whether it’s for muck up day, your Sweet 16th or the Christmas work party, costumes allow you to reinvent yourself, and the dress-up boxes at these five shops in Melbourne will have you starring in your own movie makeover montage. Find your theme and fulfill that childhood dream of becoming a superhero, Disney princess, movie villain or rock star.
Rose Chong Costumes, Fitzroy | Courtesy Rose Chong Costumiers
Forget half-hearted dress-up attempts; Rose Chong takes an all-or-nothing approach to costumes which will leave you completely transformed. From vintage to couture to industry period and contemporary costumes, the shop caters to a variety of clients. Costume hire is typically three days, and with their very own wig stylist, Steve Monroe, you can be sure to look the part. Rose Chong also sells masks, lashes, professional prosthetics, and wings. ‘Walk in as yourself, walk out as someone else entirely.’
From Mike Wazowski to Cool Runnings, a couple’s fork and spoon costume and Mork from Ork, Miss Kitty’s Costumes holds an extensive range of rare costumes to guarantee that you never show up at a party in something that someone else is already wearing. Beautifully crafted, costumes can be hired for three days and are even available to purchase. Complete the look with Miss Kitty’s huge range of wigs, hosiery, makeup and character accessories.
Masquerade Costume Hire Melbourne, Kew | Courtesy of Masquerade Costumes
As the name suggests, this store in Kew specialises in masks and has over 400 styles to choose from, including Venetian, animal, Halloween and character varieties. Having hoarded a collection of 20,000 costumes since 1971, Masquerade Costumes has one of the widest ranges in Melbourne, with costumes available to hire for public, school and professional uses. Masquerade Costumes features a Game of Thrones collection, and upstairs, you’ll find a secret mascot room.
With over 20 years of experience and two professional costume designers on staff, Cheltenham’s Costume World can cater to all of your fancy dress needs. From Ali G all the way to Zorro and everything in between, including a huge range of pirate costumes and masks of eight different presidents, Costume World has attention-grabbing costumes for every occasion. They also have a colourful range of go-go boots, and you’ll even find Dorothy’s ruby slippers.
If you’re looking for an authentic costume, then head to the western suburbs. For over 25 years, Bam Bam has focused on everything vintage and now holds an extensive range of retro clothing from Australia and Europe dating back to the 1920s. Bam Bam also sells vinyl records from their stall at the Geelong Vintage Market to really set the retro mood. In addition, the store produces hand-made clothing, and with new stock arriving weekly, you’ll never be out of ideas for your next party.
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