Back in the 1980's, Costume Gallery was started by Costume Claire, in her home. She moved the store to our current location in 1995. In 1999, we acquired the inventory of Hooker and Howe, from Haverhill, Massachusetts. Costume aficionados will recognize Hooker-Howe as THE place for theatrical costuming. What it means to Costume Gallery customers is that we are now the areas leader for everything costume, whether for theatre, film, seasonal characters or themed parties.
Our costume rental inventory is extensive. If you can imagine it, we either have it or we can get it. Our stock comes from the top suppliers in the country and what we don't buy, we build. Costume care is a top priority. We clean our costumes after every use and make alterations and repairs as necessary.
We strive to pay as much attention to our customers as we do our costumes, because we realize that no matter how good our products, what keeps people coming back is the way they're treated. We're fair, we're honest and yes, we're fun.
Quality...Costume Claire is a perfectionist. Our costume rentals are of the highest quality.
Cleanliness...Our rental costumes are cleaned
between every use and meticulous care is taken to assure
the rental costumes will remain in top quality for a long
time. Costume care is of the utmost importance and unlike
other costume shops it is at the top of the priority list
at Costume Gallery. You never have to worry about cleanliness
Convenience...With our convenient location and ability to ship anywhere there is no reason to go anywhere else. We also monitor email on a daily basis so even after hours problems can be dealt with.
Customer Service...What Costume Gallery and Costume Claire is famous for. We strive for 100% satisfaction. Costume Gallery will make a special effort to satisfy customers. We take pride in our costume rentals. We treat each customer as if they were family. That’s the Costume Gallery difference
Claire is fifteenth out of sixteen children. Most of her eleven sisters sewed while her four brothers built things. Claire felt pretty strongly about keeping up with them all. In high school, she began making costumes at home and soon she and several sisters decided to turn their passion into profession. Claire is also a professional artist and juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in both fiber and Leather. Learn ore about Claire's art click: Claire Renaud Leather Art
Claire made many of the costumes in the shop, as well as many custom pieces you may have been lucky enough to see at special events like the 250th Anniversary Celebration for the town of Salem. Her creations have been worn by well known TV and film personalities as well as political candidates including presidential candidates. Claire has also served as costume director for the movies "Developing Sheldon" and “Marvin’s Room”, filmed locally. Claire has outfitted everyone from birthday party clowns to characters for major hotel and retail chains.
Our costume inventory is large and varied. Many of our best costumes were made by Costume Claire or members of her staff. Peruse our catalogue for an idea of the variety we offer. Call us and discuss your needs with us and our friendly and fun staff will surely be able to find something that will make you happy. Or just stop by and see the amazing variety we have in our store