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Terms to Know About Costumes, Masquerade and Theatrical Services
Costume and theater rental companies can supply all your theatrical needs. Rental stores will also offer decorations, costumes, masks and more. Costumes will also be available for men, women and children. Here are some terms commonly used in the costumes, theater and masquerade rental service industry.
Disguise – A disguise is a costume, mask and other props which changes the look of a person completely. For example, a man can wear the disguise to look like a woman, sumo wrestler or anything else.
Broadway – Broadway is a theater business in the United States known for its incredible musical performances.
Mardi Gras – Mardi Gras is a celebration starting on the Tuesday before the religious holiday of Lent. Masks and costumes are commonly worn at Mardi Gras.
Set Dressing – Set dressing is the background set and decorations that are used on stage during a theater performance.
Masquerade – A masquerade ball is an event or party where the people in attendance wear masks. Masquerade events date back to the 1400s.
Custom Costume – A costume that is custom is an original outfit that is specially made and sewn for the actor or person wearing it.
Headpiece – Headpieces are theater costume accessories such as crowns, hats, tiaras, headbands, fascinators and more.
Crinoline – Crinoline is a large skirt used to poof out dresses and skirts typically worn by women in historical theater performances.
Clown Accessories – Clown accessories include balloons, costumes, make-up, ties, suspenders, joke supplies and more that are used by clowns to add comedy to their performance.
Who doesn't like to dress up? From Halloween parties to school plays, masquerade and theatrical costumes provide endless entertainment for young and old alike. Masquerade and theatrical costume companies sell Halloween and novelty costumes, along with all the necessary accessories available for purchase or a rental. These accessories can range from hats and wigs to jewelry and boas. Most also offer a full line of costume makeup, shoes, decorations, and masks.
Mardi Gras is one event that certainly requires lots of costumes. Masquerade balls, Broadway musicals, carnivals, and comedy shows also showcase costumes, from the wild to the tame. Masquerade and theatrical shops usually pop up around Halloween time, offering seasonal sales of costumes for the October holiday. Other shops are around all year long, offering products for anything from a party to an opera theater performance.
Retailers get their rental and purchase supplies from wholesale providers, when they need to replenish or restock their costume and accessories. People can find masquerade and theatrical costumes at their local mall, through mail order catalogs, or online providers, who may offer custom patterns as well. Department stores also may have a section devoted to costumes for kids to play dress-up in every day of the year.
Masquerade and theatrical costume dealers often sell a broad range of men's, women's, kids', and even pets' character costumes. Themes can range from pirates and princesses to monsters and Mardi Gras outfits. They can be funny, such as for a comic, or they can be scary, such as a mummy.
A high-end theatrical and masquerade costume company may offer dresses and outfits for classical shows, operas, plays, balls, and theater performances. You'll find high-quality outfits here, usually at a higher price tag, than, say, at a cheap seasonal Halloween store selling kids' and adult costumes.