Stock of Costumes

A shared stock of costume pieces from projects and individual collections

Our costume collection is available for fitting, borrowing, research and for inspiration for Berlin art and culture projects, in particular independent performing arts projects. Profit-orientated and private projects as well as film and television projects are excluded from use.
The items are industrial goods from the last 100 years and unique workshop pieces. The costumes come from completed projects or disbanded collections of individual artists and theatre groups. In addition to clothing, we have shoes, masks, wigs, bags and other accessories. Fittings, measurement charts, specialist literature and advice are also available for the development of a costume design. We also provide networking and tips to help you realise your idea. Our textile workshop in the Haus der Materialisierung can be used independently after an introduction and if you are professionally qualified. A longer-term rental is particularly welcome.

The stock of costumes receives funding from Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe since 2018.


Important facts at a glance

Profit-oriented projects and private events cannot use the stock of costume pieces

Make an appointment for the visit via mail or phone

Plan approximately 1 hour of time for searching for costume pieces per character
A complete character requires up to 5 costume pieces

Plan for up to 15 minutes of administrative formalities when renting or returning costume pieces

In order to rent costume pieces, we request that you present your personal ID or registration certificate

We require a cash deposit or a bank transfer before or in the moment of the rental. We are happy to provide an estimate of the amount by telephone

The rental fees for simple usage are between € 1.50 and € 60 per costume piece for 2 weeks an are charged upon the return of the costume pieces

A longer rental period is possible and will receive a discount

Please inquire as to other conditions such as cooperations or special agreement in person or via email

Costumes for children, animals and monsters are available in our textile workshop at HdM