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The best costume shops in Melbourne

Dress-up party coming up? We’ve picked six great spots to find that perfect costume or disguise

By Rebecca Russo

Whether you’re prepping for Halloween or you’ve been invited to the be-all-and-end-all of fancy dress parties, here are Melbourne’s best costume and prop shops to give you some much-needed inspiration.

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Fancy dress costume hire in Melbourne

Rose Chong
Photograph: Graham Denholm

1. Rose Chong Costumier

Shopping Fitzroy

A vibrantly window-dressed Victorian corner terrace has been home to this Fitzroy institution for over 25 years. With 10 colourful rooms of wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling costumes, wigs, hats and accessories you’re pretty much guaranteed to find what you’re looking for, and have a ball searching for it. The stock is imaginative and unusual, and the savvy staff members, all poached from an art and design background, are passionate about helping customers build their outfit from the ground up and then tweak it to get it spot on. Being able to bookend your costume hunting with visits to a couple of the many excellent nearby cafés is a nice bonus.

2. Centre Stage

Shopping Brunswick

There’s a real everything-including-the-kitchen-sink feel to this place with its massive collection of classic and somewhat more unusual costume possibilities, make-up, masks and an impressively comprehensive selection of fake facial hair for the hirsutely minded masquerader. With thousands of costumes to choose from, this Brunswick East costume shop has graciously catalogued all their wares online so you can do some searching before you even leave your house. Browse through their comprehensive party theme list (which includes everything from Alice in Wonderland to Mexican Fiesta and the Seven Deadly Sins) to find costumes, matching accessories and makeup.


3. Hardware Lane Costumes

Shopping Costumes Melbourne

Need to rent an outfit for a Valentine’s Day party? Need an idea for a costume to wear to Book Week? Or is Halloween fast approaching and you’re unsure whether you want to go as the kids from Stranger Things or the kids from It? Hardware Lane Costumes has you sorted. Located centrally above Hardware Lane (look out for the koala in a priest costume in the second-floor shop window) they’ll work closely with you to find the perfect party outfit, from fun animal suits to famous heroes and gory horror masks.

4. Creative Costumes

Shopping Costumes Kew

Huge and colourful, Creative Costumes is a one-stop-shop for all your costume needs. Offering a wide variety of novelty costumes, masks, wigs, hats and accessories, they’ve got everything from sci-fi get-ups to Santa suits and giant carrot costumes. The service is great and the prices are red hot too. Year 12 students get 30 percent off normal hire all year round (perfect for muck up day) and they also offer a courier service across Melbourne.

Masquerade Costumes masks
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5. Masquerade Costumes

Shopping Costumes Kew

Open seven days a week, Masquerade Costumes has been hiring and selling costumes for Melbourne’s kids and adults for over 40 years. Always up-to-date with the latest in pop culture, they have their own costume designer in store who will fit you with the perfect costume for your next fancy dress shindig. The best part of their service? You get to choose whether you want to rent or buy your selected costume. Because you never know – that Chewbacca costume could come in handy again someday.

6. Melbourne Costume Studio

Shopping Costumes Sunshine

Make a stop at Melbourne Costume Studio in Sunshine for a huge variety of fancy dress outfits. Friendly and experienced staff members are happy to go out of their way to help customers select an outfit and make good use of the store’s vast selection of accessories and make up, whilst a full floor of costumes means that you’re never short of options.

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