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Reinvent yourself at @WearWimbledon Costume Department

Posted at 2:45 pm, February 23, 2013 in Fun London
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Have you ever wanted to dress in a deathly shroud and climb on to a slab in a morgue? Or button yourself into a policeman’s uniform and clop about to the opening credits of ‘The Bill’? No?Just me, then. All the same, it would take a real stiff not to get excited about the chance to go through the wardrobe archives of Wimbledon Studios – costumier to films including ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’, and Brit TV dramas like ‘Silks’. Over 35,000 costumes made for big and small screens are now available for hire, meaning you can wear Maggie Thatcher’s pussybow blouse, or dress up as an arguably less frightening Albanian gangster from ‘Top Boy’.

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The costume department is worth the trek into a suburban industrial estate to discover some fantastical outfits. There are two floors of vintage womens- and menswear resembling a more orderly Beyond Retro, with clothes dating back to the 1960s, but the real draw is for those with a penchant for dressing up in uniform. If you think you’d make a corking chef, doctor, train driver, helicopter pilot or dinner lady, or that you missed your calling as a paramedic, boxer or soldier, there are rails of professions begging to be adopted.

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I seized the opportunity to try a few new personas on for size – and was surprised how different I felt in the robes of a barrister or a copper’s helmet (handcuffs included). If you’re up for a sartorial career change, make the trip. Sonya Barber.

For info, see wearwimbledon.co.uk

Try some of these professions on for size…

Paramedic or Nurse (from ‘Starlings’): this won’t hurt a bit…

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Policewoman (from ‘The Bill’): What’s all this then, gov?

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Barrister (from BBC’s ‘Silks’): you may wish to seek alternative counsel…

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Hazmat suit: gloves should be worn in a real emergency…

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Postman: be a royal male…

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 Chef: Gordon Ramsay called. He wants his ladle back.

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Boxer: Could you have been a contender?

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Jockey: stop horsing around and get this equestrian two-piece

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 Or take a tour of set of The Bill

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