Costume Rentals

For costume rentals:

Please call 415.439.2379

Click here to view a gallery of available costumes organized by gender and time period.

A.C.T. has an enormous collection of costumes, ranging from elegant period garments to outrageous conceptual getups. Some of the treasures you can find are Jean Stapleton's turn-of-the-20th-century costumes from The Matchmaker, as well as gowns and men's suits from the 18th century. Choose from a wealth of extraordinary costumes from throughout history. Great for fundraisers, corporate events, Halloween, and theme parties! The A.C.T. Costume Shop also rents to theater companies throughout the Bay Area. Whether you want one costume for a party or you're costuming a whole production, we're happy to help.

"The most elegant, amazing costumes by far are to be found at A.C.T.'s costume shop. The choices are practically limitless—high-fashion ball gowns, 18th-century men's suits, queenly Elizabethan gear complete with high-necked ruffs."
Best Costume Rental, SF Weekly "Best of SF" 2005

For more information about costumes and rental fees, or to make an appointment for a fitting, please call 415.439.2379.

Private Rentals

  • We work by appointment for all business, including returns. Please call us any time you need to visit Costume Rentals at 415.439.2379.
  • Our minimum rental period is one week.
  • We will hold items in reserve for up to two months, if we have the space.
  • This merchandise is not for sale. It is for rental purposes only.
  • All rentals are subject to a $20 cancellation fee.
  • The renter assumes all responsibility for loss of and/or damage to all items entered on the rental order for any cause whatsoever. Lost items must be replaced. If this isn't possible, we will charge a replacement cost, which is the amount of money it will cost to replace the item, not the market value of the lost item. In certain cases, we will charge for our shopping time to find a replacement.
  • In the event of damage, the renter agrees to pay American Conservatory Theater such amounts as the American Conservatory Theater Costume Rentals Supervisor may determine for repair/replacement of any items.
  • Please be careful of using excessive amounts of makeup or scent while wearing our costumes. Do not use stage blood anywhere near our costumes. Safety pins left in a garment as alterations will damage the fabric. We happily provide alterations as part of the rental cost.
  • Please do not remove or cover A.C.T. inventory tags.

 

Commercial Stylists and Corporate Events

  • We work by appointment for all business, including returns. Please call us any time you need to visit Costume Rentals at 415.439.2379.
  • We allow you to take more items than you need to provide choices in fittings. We will charge you only for the items you use, if the unused items are returned before opening. We ideally give one week's trial rental. This is negotiable. If you use less than half of the items that were taken out on a trial rental, then we will charge 20% of the total of the original invoice.
  • Our minimum rental period is one week.
  • We will hold items in reserve for up to two months, if we have the space.
  • This merchandise is not for sale. It is for rental purposes only.
  • The renter assumes all responsibility for loss of and/or damage to all items entered on the rental order for any cause whatsoever. Lost items must be replaced. If this isn't possible, we will charge a replacement cost, which is the amount of money it will cost to replace the item, not the market value of the lost item. In certain cases, we will charge for our shopping time to find a replacement.
  • In the event of damage, the renter agrees to pay American Conservatory Theater such amounts as the American Conservatory Theater Costume Rentals Supervisor may determine for repair/replacement of any items.
  • Costumes must come back clean and in the same condition as when they left A.C.T. Do not use stage blood anywhere near our costumes. Safety pins left in a garment as alterations will damage the fabric. Please tack in alterations. If you have questions regarding the way a garment should be cleaned or repaired, please call us. If you would like to make a major change to a garment that you think will improve it, please call and check it out with us first.
  • When returning costumes, use your invoice as a checklist to make sure that you have all of the items. Putting the costumes in the order of the invoice expedites the return process and ensures that you will deal with a cheerful A.C.T. employee. If you make a large return that is out of order, we will charge a restocking fee for the extra time it takes to check in the order.
  • Please do not remove or cover A.C.T. inventory tags.



Frequently Asked Questions about Costume Rentals:

What will I find at the A.C.T. Costume Shop? Our stock consists of costumes built for 45 years of A.C.T. productions. We have western period clothing from ancient times up to the present. We have only a small collection of ethnic clothing and a very incomplete collection of military uniforms. We do not have costumes for popular culture characters or costumes from movies or television shows.

Do I need to make an appointment? Yes. If you would like to rent a costume for yourself to wear to an event, you need to book an appointment for a fitting. This enables us to make sure the costume you rent fits properly, is in good repair, and has all the accessories needed to create a wonderful look. We book fittings on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We work by appointment only for all business, including returns.

How much does it cost to rent a costume? Most of our costumes rent for $175, which includes all accessories, alterations, repairs, and dry cleaning. We have a small collection of costumes that rent for $250. These are new, in very good shape.

How long may I keep my rented costume? Our costume rentals run for a week starting the day you pick up. This enables you to fit pick up and return times more easily into your schedule, or to take a costume to an event out of town.

Does the A.C.T. Costume Shop accommodate commercial rentals? If you are a stylist or an event planner and need to get costumes for a photo shoot, film or corporate event, you can make an appointment to look through our stock. We will charge by the piece. If you need to bring your client or models in for fittings, we will charge a $175 flat fee.

Can I rent from A.C.T. for my nonprofit's event or production? If you need costumes for a nonprofit organization (this includes theater groups, churches, schools, and community organizations), you can receive a 50% discount if you follow a few guidelines.

  • We don't provide fitting space, so you need to send one person (costume designer), armed with measurements, to go through our stock.
  • Nonprofit rentals are self-service, so the costume designer should have their research in order so they know what they need.
  • We do not allow trying on of costumes in our racks.
  • We do allow you to pull extra costumes so you have choices in fittings. If you bring back what you don't want to use before your opening or event date, we will take those items off of your invoice.
  • The costumes must come back clean with all alterations removed.
  • If you need our assistance in pulling costumes for your show, we charge $40 per hour.
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