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The Costume Source Story

Costume source was founded by Aleksis Gailans in 2017.

Each time he hired costumes for his own dance schools, he got really frustrated with the process.

The lack of choice, the poor communication, the tedious ordering process and never really knowing what would actually arrive!

He knew it could be done better.

With his background in business, technology and live events, Aleksis set out to make dance costume hire better.

Costume Source was born.

A simple mission:

Make dance costume hire really easy.

  • Allow customers to see at a glance which costumes are available.
  • A straightforward ordering process with clear pricing (so costumes can be booked, paid for and confirmed in one process).
  • Great costumes, that look great but also are properly packed and labelled.
  • Easy shipping and returns.
  • And most importantly, great service so the customer is kept informed along the way.

A world-class platform

Investing heavily in technology and only the best costumes, we have grown rapidly.

We hand-pick every costume we stock, ensuring our customers get the highest quality, best looking garments.

You won't find a lot of our costumes anywhere else!

Our software is written to serve our exact needs - nothing 'off the shelf'. No one else uses anything similar.

This helps to make us really efficient and create an excellent experience for our customers.

Great people

Great people make all the difference and we only have the best.

Every single costume is rigorously inspected by hand.

All bookings are prepared and packed with care and costumes are sent out in labelled costume bags.

We'll email you when we send your booking out, when it is time to send it back and when we've received it back, so you are kept informed at every step.

We are a small team of people dedicated to giving you great service, great costumes and making sure you have a great show.

Costume Source launch and become the first dance costume hire company to not only show live stock availability but also allow customers to book and pay online.

We fulfill over 200 bookings (about 7,500 individual costumes) in our first 6 months of operating.

Our environmental journey begins as we completely eliminate single-use plastic from everything we do.

All our packaging is sustainable and recyclable, you won't find plastic packaging tape or mailing bags here. Our mailing bags are actually made from sugarcane!

In another first, we allow customers to add names to their costumes.

These get printed on the costume bags and make it really easy to organise everything. No one else offers this!

We start planting trees for every single costume hire.

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Costume Source become the world's first (and only) Carbon Neutral dance costume hire company.

We allow customers to self-manage their bookings.

Customers can add and remove costumes from their booking at any time themselves. We are still the only company that allow you to do this.

We are accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

We have a really great team of people working for us, so it is only right we commit to continuing to pay them fairly.

We open our second warehouse and kit it out as our industrial laundry facility to cope with demand.

Investing heavily in state-of-the-art cleaning technology, 95% of costumes are fully processed and back on the rail the same day they come back to us.

We launch The Costume Source Dance Community Grant to help dance schools with things like improving studio facilities or providing bursaries to students.

Leading the way

We are constantly evolving, improving and listening to feedback to make sure that we are (and continue to be) the UK's leading dance costume hire company.

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Prices are for a 14 day hire unless otherwise stated and include VAT where applicable. Images are for illustration only. No accessories are included unless stated.

Meriton Foundry, Meriton Street, Bristol BS2 0SZ

© Copyright 2024 Costume Source. All rights reserved. Costume Source and the leaping dancer logo are registered trademarks. Costume Source is a trading name of Dance Source Ltd. Registered in England and Wales number 8941214. VAT 342848680.

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