HISTORY OF COSTUME FACTORY

Costume Factory grew from humble beginnings in Kilsyth, Victoria, in 1979 to become the premier supplier of costumes & wigs for hire in the southern hemisphere. Our Store (formerly J C Westend)  has supplied costumes, wigs & make-up to Melbourne for almost 50 years. 

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We have thousands of costumes, accessories, makeup and wigs available for party hire, fancy dress & theatrical productions.

Our stores have Victoria's largest range of costumes, wigs & make-up for schools, professional and non-professional stage productions, promotional events and more. We outfit the casts of hundreds of productions all over Australia every year.

In the past year we have costumed over 250 shows, many schools & companies return to us every year.
​We'd be delighted to discuss your requirements.
No job is too big or too small. Our extensive collection of theatrical costumes comprises wigs, shoes, gloves,  jewellery, hats & corsets to complete every character.

  • Theatrical Productions

  • Stage, Film & Television

  • Schools & Universities

  • VCE Monologues

  • Corporate & Promotional Events



Experience & Advice
Costume factory stores are wonderfully equipped to meet any Costume Requirements for any Theatrical Production. 
Interstate: we often work with companies in other parts of Australia, for example we costumed the Cairns Little Theatre production of Amadeus when our team of costume professionals sent over 150 costumes & powdered wigs to Queensland for the entire cast.

We offer a Special Deal for VCE Monologue Costume Hire. Make an appointment to come in and hire a Fanstastic Costume to help you "Nail that Character".
Just a few of the productions we have costumed:
    * Our Country's Good - Scotch College
    * Othello - Melbourne Grammar
    * Kiss Me Kate - Park Players
    * Oh What A Lovely War! - Swinburne Uni of Technology
    * Suessical - Lowther Hall
    * La Boheme - Melbourne Opera
    * Importance of Being Earnest, Much Ado - Wesley College
    * Midummer Nights Dream - Yarrawonga Theatre Co.
    * The Feigned Inconstancy - VCA Drama
    * Hobsons Choice - 3 Big Men Productions
    * Les Miserables - Camberwell Grammar
    * Annie Get your Gun - Style Musical Theatre
    * Cabaret - Broadford Theatre Company
    * The School for Scandal - Geelong Grammar
    * Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead - St Kevins College
    * The Wedding Singer, Aladdin - King David School
    * Antipodes - Ballarat Arts Academy
    * A Doll's House - Wangaratta Theatre Co.
    * The Crucible - Eagles Nest Theatre
    * The Merry Widow - Babirra Musical Theatre
    * Les Miserables - Wonthaggi Theatre Group
    * Amadeus - Cairns Little Theatre and many more ...

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Store Location:

149 Springvale Road, Nunawading VIC 3131 Australia

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Meet Dancewear & Pointe Fitting Superstar, Ann-Marie!

My goal is to find the correct shoe for you. I want to make sure your shoes are comfortable, supportive, and safe—and that they help you reach your full potential on pointe.
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Meet Eleni, our Wardrobe Stylist and Makeup Guru

Eleni has always had an interest in the history and behind the scenes of Film & Tel...
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Meet our Wig Stylist: Michelle

Michelle is the head of our Wig department and has a huge passion for all things hair!...
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Meet Dance Expert and Pointe Specialist Robyn!

As a Leading soloist for the Australian Ballet Company & Dance Teacher for over 20 years, Robyn not only brings her Passion for Ballet to Upstage Dancewear, but also shares her Expert Knowledge of the Dance Industry, and Deep Experience of Dance; Ballet and Pointe Work to all dancers who visit us at Upstage Dancewear.
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