Costume Rental and Sales:
The American Backstage Company has a huge costume rental department as well as packaged costumes for
sale, from Samson and Delilah to Sonny and Cher, as well as fantasy
characters from television and film. Custom costumes and plus-size
costumes are also available.
Visit our store in Alexandria for:
|• Packaged Costumes: Scary, Comedic, Superhero & Sexy
• Wall of Wigs: Celebrity, Afros, 80s Mullets
• Political, Ghoulish, & Glamorous Masks
• Chicago Themes (Flappers & Gangsters)
• Wings of All Types: Angels, Fairies, Bumblebees & Ladybugs
• Cigarette Holders, Swords, & Feather Boas
Hats from Pimps to Pirates
High School and Community Theatre Musicals
We love working with schools and community groups to costume your shows. We have pieces that work for just about any musical you might be planning. For example, we have costumes for "Grease," "Chicago," "Guys and Dolls," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "Camelot," and plenty of others. Call us and we'll fill you in on how we can help with your costuming challenges. We have special rates for full show rentals for schools.
Custom costume work is also available. We design or use your designs to create whatever you need, such as mascot-style character costumes and employee uniforms with company logos for major companies and organizations as well as competition dance-sport and figure skating events. (At right, a seamstress works on a special order for a school musical - an outfit that contains an hidden inflatable, can you guess the show?)
We rent costumes from many historical periods, from Biblical times through the 1980s. Some are vintage, other reproductions.
At left: "Dolley Madison" and "Paul Jennings" (actors Marcia French and Chaz Pando) in 1812-era costumes rented from the American Backstage Company. Many thanks to filmmaker Diane Williams for permission to use this photo, from her film "When Was the War of 1812?"
(At right, our Easter Bunnies await the next spring)
(Below, an outrageous 70s Pimp, and Civil War soldiers from both sides of the conflict.)
At left: Costumes and makeup from American Backstage helped make a Black History Month program look truly authentic, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Arlington, VA.
At right: "Violet Beauregarde" in "Willy Wonka Jr." at Rocky Run Middle School: This custom costume is inflating in full view of the audience.
Below left: Some of our gorgeous rental gowns.
Below right: Moses, a gangster, and a knight