1. Matteo Party
Matteo Party has a huge stock of over 2,000 party costumes with styles ranging in size from infant to XL. Costume themes include super heroes, the 1950s, Hollywood movies and the usual sexy and scary get-ups, with prices ranging from $100 to more than $1000. You can also pick up face paints, wigs, hats, costume boots and character masks to make sure you stand out. Side note: One of the better websites to get ideas from but definitely stop by the shop to see what's in stock.
3/F, 530-532 Jaffe Rd., Causeway Bay, 2342-8887
2. Remy Fashion
Remy has a large variety of costumes for sale, including traditional costumes from different cultures, signature 1920s, 1960s and 1970s dresses, disco blouses, Christmas costumes and more, all within the price range of $200 to around $400. A full time professional tailor is stationed at Remy’s to make alterations if the costumes don’t fit, and you can submit your own design to have it made into a costume too.
24 Li Yuen St. West, Central, 2524-8847
3. Festival and Party Collections / Maxswell Costume
This company specializes in costume rental with themes likes the Stone Age, uniforms, Star Wars, super heroes, fairy tales and Halloween. Rentals costs range from $200-$500 for two days but if you rent on a Friday you can return on Monday without extra cost. Each costume is available in a large range of sizes. You can also buy masks, wigs, make-up and accessories from here to match your costume. You must call ahead before heading over to their shop.
Room 70, 4/F, Sino Industrial Plaza, 9 Kai Cheung Rd., Kowloon Bay, 2529-5921.
4. Pottinger Street
If you’ve ever had to wear any kind of fancy dress in Hong Kong, the likelihood is you’re familiar with Pottinger Street which really is a treasure island for party goers. There are wigs ($78-$150) in all sorts of funky colors, glasses (around $60), feather boas ($15-$20) and glittering hats ($48). You can also get a huge range of plastic masks including wolf, rabbit, avatar, clown and fox masks (around $50) and masquerade masks ($12-$35) as well as full costumes if you duck inside some of the stores. Shop owners are friendly and most prices are negotiable, especially if buying more than one of something.
Pottinger Street, Central
5. House of Siren Productions
House of Siren has earned a reputation for its high quality costumes with ready-to-wear pieces available for hire in adjustable sizes to fit all customers. The minimum hire charge for three days is $500, and for more specific costumes with accessories to go with, the cost can go up to $3,500. Tailor made costumes are available upon request and an appointment is needed for anyone interested in the company’s services.
LG/F, 64 Robinson Rd., Mid-Levels, 2530-2371
6. The Ivy League Co.
Ivy League has a wide selection of special make-up products to spice up your party look, including body paints in almost all colors, lipsticks and flitter paint, and character make up kits are also available. To take your costume to the next level, try the stage blood, bald cap and hair whitener as well as the special effects liquid to make scars, sweat and tears looks frighteningly real. The website has a full catalogue of products on offer.
Room 704-705, 7/F, Far East Consortium Building, 204-206 Nathan Rd., Jordan, 2390-5522
7. Ladies Market
If you’re looking for a seriously saucy outfit for an adults-only event, then you’re bound to find something in Mong Kok’s Ladies Market. From Japanese schoolgirls to French maids and geisha girls, there are getups (of varying degrees of coverage!) for everyone. If marabou-feather bikinis aren’t your cup of tea, then keep your eyes peeled for brightly colored wigs, funny gag outfits, hats and other accessories such as crazy sunglasses and extreme bling. Prices are often cheaper than Pottinger St. and you can always bargain if you think you’re being taken for a ride.
Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
8. Academy of Performing Arts Costume Department
You can find almost anything in the APA’s huge wardrobe. Browse their online catalogue which sorts costumes according to period, production name, production type, description, size and color, before calling their hire hotline to set up an appointment. They are only available for costume hire appointments on Mondays and Fridays, from 10am-12:30pm and 2pm-5pm. The cost of hire ranges from $1,500-$2,000 for a period of seven days.
1 Gloucester Rd., Wan Chai, 2584-8833
9. Fortune Costume
From nuns to witches to Renaissance kings to Robin Hood and to those oh-so-trendy vampires, Fortune Costume is covering all the basics. Adult costumes are available for sale and hire with rental prices for three days ranging from $500-$4,000; children’s costumes are all for sale, including animal costumes such as bumble bees and lady bugs, from $200 to around $700.
Room 202, 2/F, 23 Hillwood Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2367-5018
10. Costume Depot Rental And Production
With a staggering collection of over 10,000 costumes for the stage or TV-ads, this is the place to go to if you are looking to rent some skillfully made costumes to woo your friends. Notably, there’s an assortment of beautiful and elaborately decorated royal and imperial court dress costumes. For rubber masks and witch costumes, the Costume Depot will email pictures of a small selection of its stock, or you can visit the shop for more options.
10/F Pakad Centre, 135 Wai Yip St., Ngau Tau Kok, 2342-3493.
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