Hopefully you are here looking to hire costumes (if you are not and just want a few ideas,
enjoy - there are around 170 pages to keep you amused).
If you are in a hurry, pictures of almost all our outfits can be found using the Costumes and Themes A-Z buttons
For those after other entertainment, stunning
(?) observations on the fun world of costuming can sometimes be found on our Facebooks (links below) and we are working on
some blogs for 2019.
you might ask ....
come to Antrix for your Costume/Fancy Dress needs?
We have a unique range of individual costumes & accessories - primarily for hire, but some
We offer the
ability to mix and match costumes and accessories, until you find the look you are happy with. We also hire individual
items if required.
Adult Costumes - Hire
rates average £26
(plus a refundable security deposit of an additional
£50 per costume).
- Hire rates range from £12-£22
(plus a refundable security deposit
of an additional £20 per costume).
Free parking (usually right outside).
Weekday evening appointments available, as well as daily appointments
from Monday-Saturday (closed Sundays).
Please note:- We are in a private house (cunningly disguised!), so please ring first.
Payment is by cash or cheque only, unfortunately we do not have credit/debit facilities.
used to be Clown Masks….
When you think of the link between costumes and crime, chances are that most people
will think of the costumed crime-fighters of yesteryear such as Batman, Robin and Spiderman. (Costumed superheroes of these
days seem to spend more time battling either themselves or intergalactic threats to the ‘World As We Know It’
(or something like it in a parallel universe). Admittedly the criminals being fought against by our heroes were equally colourful
and quirky: From the glory days of the Batman TV series, the likes of the Joker and Catwoman (played for a time by Eartha
Kitt) have survived and thrived, but there were others (played by major stars of the day) such as Egghead (Vincent Price),
mad musician Chandell (Liberace) and the Bookworm (Roddy Mc Dowell), all with plans to get away with devious crimes and eliminate
the Dynamic Duo with novelty killing machines – very comic book.
In the real world, of course, official crime-fighters usually wear
a uniform of sorts and it is more often the criminals who resort to disguise: Oddly, this doesn’t often take the form
of the traditional mask, striped jumper and bag marked ‘Swag’ burglar-gear, beloved of comic books. Those involved
in armed robbery used to resort to a little more than black eye-masks – stockings were a good cheap disguise (as long
as you got the holes in the right place for your face), but for a time it was clown masks: Checking local party/hire shops
to see if they could recognise masks used in a crime was part of police routine in the wake of an event. Obviously the internet
has rather ruined that line of enquiry, but then, for the same reason, things have moved on.
At a recent Somerset fete, a
mystery silent stranger, dressed head to toe in a chequered onsie suit, challenged the public to guess his (her?) identity,
charging for guesses. The individual then disappeared with the takings, the organisers having no better idea who the stranger
was than the public. In the event, an anonymous donation was made later, via a local vicar, but the incident could potentially
spawn some copycat incidents from less honest people. Suddenly the old Lone Ranger end-line ‘Who was that masked stranger?’
may have more relevance.
Having reduced many of our existing hire rates, we have a new price list for all our costume stock. This is
now available to view and download using the link below.
Summer Price List Download
Finally if you would like a copy of our monthly newsletter, you can download the Spring, March, February's
& January's copies below.
click here to download Spring 2019 newsletter
click here to download March's newsletter
click here to download February's Newsletter
click here to download January's Newsletter
We do not
sell (or hire) costumes over the Web, but for those in the Maidstone and Mid-Kent area, wanting hire quality outfits
for your costume-based event, this is the place to be:
offer a service different from anything you can find on the Web (and in most shops) and usually you can mix and
match elements to create a unique look.
You can browse
almost all our outfits using the alphabetic links.
We carry a range of sell-through items and accessories for those who visit our
premises to the south of Maidstone, at Loose, and, unlike some shops, we can offer help and advice on matters such as
make-up and 'character back-story'. We can also run 'theme sheets' and montages on closed areas of this site
for the benefit of private party organisers.
Enjoy your visit to our sites.
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