Does anyone else find their heart sinking at the words Book Week? A huge lover of books but those words make me shudder and turn me cold at the thought of having to help my beloved’s choose and dress as a book character for school. I remember the year well when I had to do four children all at once. Never again..especially as I am rubbish at sewing and all they want to dress up as is a Power Ranger which in my camp is not a book character as such.
I had the fantastic opportunity to go on a tour around Angels Costumiers last week, they own the largest collection of costumes and accessories in the world and have eight and a half miles of rail upon rail of delights. I have never seen anything like it. I highly recommend anyone with even a slight interest in costume, fashion, fabric, clothes to go on a tour. I was fascinated to hear how they dress our actors and actresses for a lot of film and television productions and reusing/adjusting what they already have to avoid adding to their vast collection…otherwise surely the space will run out eventually? However they also seek out particular costumes on request.
There are costumes for skaters, ones for whole army platoons, police forces, monks, knights, fur for those sets in the coldest places and jewellery from every era. There are badges for just about anything you could possibly imagine, beautiful ball gowns; one even from the 18th Century.
What I didn’t know is that Angels also own a huge fancy dress shop consisting of six floors of fancy dress costumes to buy or hire in Shaftsbury Avenue, London and an online site too. Realising that some people struggle dressing their children up for World Book Day (March 7th this year) they even have a section entitled Storybook Characters to try and take the hard work out for us. I love the Willy Wonka costume! Angels are also keen to show people that with just a few accessories you can transform something you already have into a great look without having to buy a costume and I am hoping that they will be sharing that with us very soon.
So, definitely try and do a tour it really is amazing!