There are hundreds of fancy dress stores up and down the country – some good, some bad. MadWorld offer one of the widest range of costumes that we’ve seen, and are definitely one of the larger and most popular fancy dress providers in the South East, with three fancy dress superstores that you can buy and hire costumes from. You can also buy a huge amount of stock from their website which is perfect if you’re nowhere near London.
Choosing a Costume
We’ve reviewed a number of costume hire companies up and down the country but MadWorld seem to have one of the widest selections of costumes that we’ve seen, from Victorian era gowns to flapper dresses from the 20s and cool rockabilly looks from the 50s. There are costumes for both men and women from literally every decade over the last 100 years, as well as costumes from television and movies, general costumes such as witches and wizards, animals, items of food and the ubiquitous pink gorilla outfit. To choose, you can scroll through the various categories on the website, or let the staff at one of the stores know what you’re looking for. They also carry a lot of “scary” versions of traditional fancy dress costumes – such as Alice in “Blunderland” and the “Bad Hatter”, which are great choices for Halloween if you’re looking for something a little bit different.
Making a Hire
Many of their costumes are only available to hire in-store, unfortunately, although there is a small selection available for hire on their website. If you want to make a hire, take your costume of choice to any member of staff and let them know when you’re looking to hire it. Always try and visit them at least a week before the event and even sooner if you’re looking to hire something over Halloween, just to make sure that your chosen costume is available when you want it! If you’re hiring or buying something online, again, give it at least a week to make sure that your costume arrives in time for the event. You can either browse online, or give the team a call to see if they have anything in stock if you don’t have time to nip into one of their superstores.
MadWorld don’t just hire fancy dress costumes. They also provide a vast range of accessories to complete your outfit, including shoes, socks, gloves, hairpieces and wigs – and they’re also one of the only UK stockists of genuine Venetian masks. They also sell balloons, and can provide hints and advice when you’re planning your event. Plus, the more you hire, the more you save – you can get discounts on costumes and free hires.