Thursday, 21 September 2017

I want to dress up for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest themed events are gaining popularity in the UK with giant beer tankards (stein), lederhosen, german food and schlager music.

The Munich Oktoberfest started on 16th September with the largest beer festival in the world, but this year we can enjoy a German Oktoberfest here in many locations in the UK.

This year there are festivals here in Milton Keynes with a 2 day event in Campbell Parkon 13th-14th October, Birmingham on the 18th and Northampton on 27th.

If you would like to wear traditional Tyrolean or Bavarian wear, then contact us to hire an authentic costume, including Lederhosen, dirndls and Heidi style dresses.

For those of you who wish to purchase costumes, wigs and accessories suitable for the Oktoberfest, then visit to order on line.

Many pubs, clubs and parties throughout September and October will have an Oktoberfest theme, so if you need something suitable to wear, call us on 01908 372504 for hire or purchase options, we love to help.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Want to be the best dressed at Goodwood?

At 3.00 pm every day of the Goodwood Revival festival, a selection of the best dressed of the day are paraded and a winner selected by the panel.

Outfits need to be unique and authentic looking with an emphasis on style and at Admiral Costumes we have a fine selection of clothing from the 40s and 50s suitable for this event.

Many visitors attending the revival and the festival of speed, dress in styles of the day ranging from the 1940’s through to the 70’s. Most popular outfits are from the 1940s and 50s with vintage and classic car owners dressing in clothing to suit their vehicle.

The Goodwood nine hours race and the revival is the only race meeting in the world staged entirely in the nostalgic time capsule of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

Admiral Costumes have a fantastic selection of unique vintage and retro clothing suitable for wearing to the Goodwood Revival. Choose from military uniform or civilian wear in a choice of style to suit you.

Our regular customers like to select and book their outfits well in advance to get first pick of the outfits on offer, hoping for a chance to get into the best dressed category at the show.

For more information visit our website or give us a call on 01908 372504

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Admiral Costumes Video Shoot

When I saw Kate Eveling’s latest video clip, I called her straight away to plan a video shoot for us here at Admiral to showcase our wonderful costumes.

We wanted a short video clip that would give a brief flavour of what we can offer from our unique collection of theatrical costumes whilst at the same time capturing the magic, excitement and fun that dressing up and make believe can bring.

We only had to leave it to Kate who came up with a wonderful concept, script and shot list in a very short space of time.

Then it was over to us to select a range of costumes in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colours throwing in an interesting mix of characters.

A plea on FB conjured up some amazing models. Family, friends and some willing volunteers from local drama group Milton Keynes Theatre of Comedy did a fabulous job of bring the costumes and characters to life.

West end actress Lisa Bridge, took time out of her busy schedule to model six outfits in superb style.

Here are some great behind the scenes pics of the day and I love this surreal moment where Beetle juice meets Fagin

I adored playing the part of a modern fairy godmother; sprinkling fairy dust and making costume dreams come true.

Watch this space for more news on our video and photo shoot and a sneak preview of the film.

Lisa will be performing as Isla in the new musical Heaven on Earth Tour starting in December

For video promotion films contact Kate Eveling

Call us on 01908 372504 or visit

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

60s Costumes for Made in Dagenham

We are so excited to be putting together another wonderful set of costumes for Made inDagenham.  

The true story of the 1967 sewing machinists strike at the Ford Dagenham plant where 187 underpaid women machinists demanded equal pay, brings history to life with a humorous script and some fab musical numbers  including ‘Busy Woman’, ‘Everybody Out’ and ‘Stand Up’

Main character Rita O’Grady the women’s shop steward, juggles her home life with work at the factory. She wears blouses and slacks at home and a simple patterned shift dress for work, concealed most of the time by the iconic blue work-coat with the Ford logo that are worn by all the female machine workers.

All of the ladies require 60s day wear – above the knee shift dress or skirt and work coat. Short 60s overcoats and macs make the scene for leaving the factory at the end of the day and some short evening dresses with glitter for attending the club in the evening.

Other characters include Harold Wilson the Prime Minister at the time, Chubby Chuff the comedian at the club in his loud checked suit and bow tie, Mr Tooley the boss of Ford in America with his loud American style suit and Stetson and Barbara Castle in her smart dress suits.

To provide an American flavour to several dance numbers, we have an Uncle Sam stars and stripes suit, American footballers and cheerleaders.

For more information on our authentic 60s and 70s wear suitable for Made in Dagenham and similar musicals and plays, please call 01908 372504 or visit

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Vinyl boobs for Blackadder

When Edmund has a surprise visit from his puritan Uncle and Aunt, Lord and Lady Whiteadder, it coincides with a raucus stag party that he has to attend.

The hilarious consequences of attending both ‘parties’ in adjacent rooms in the castle, result in a drunken Edmund and chums wearing false boobies and singing rude songs.

Lord andLady Whiteadder succumb to the liquor and join in wholeheartedly. 

With references to rude vegetables and bawdy singing, Lord and Lady Whiteadder has become a popular choice for the latest craze for Blackadder 'Beer' inspired parties.

Blackadder themed parties are extremely popular this season, with loads of characters to choose from, there is something for everyone and it makes for a really fun time.

If you are going to dress up then go the whole hog with a fabulous quality Elizabethan style costume.

For the ladies, we have some lovely Tudor style outfits complete with headdresses and petticoats. Choose from a wench or lady in waiting, or go full out with an outrageous Nursie or Queenie.

We have Blackadder, the effeminate Percy, Flashheart with his huge codpiece and a rather sombre Lord Melchett complete with skull cap.

All our costumes are made from quality fabrics, like velvet and come complete with petticoats, hoops, ruffs, hats, tights and shoe buckles if required.

Because our costumes are mostly used for stage and film, we have many details that just aren’t available from most fancy dress outlets.

Vinyl boobs for Blackadder parties can be purchased as an extra, including the gold painted ones sported by Lord Melchett.

To order vinyl boobs or for more information on all our Blackadder costumes for all the series, give us a call on 01908 372504, we love to help.