The longest established costume supplier in the world, six generations of the Angel family have been dressing showbiz luvvies for nearly 170 years during which time they have won no less than 33 ‘Best Costume’ Oscars, check out their website, their film and TV credits are amazing! From Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet in 1948 to Anna Karenina in 2013.
Founded in 1840 by Morris Angel initially as a shop selling good quality second-hand clothing and tailor samples direct from Savile Row, Angel’s took off after requests from actors who wanted to hire outfits as opposed to buying them outright. On moving to their Shaftesbury Avenue location they soon came to the attention of theatre managers seeking their services for their up and coming west end shows. The newly emerging film industry soon followed. Angel’s Fancy Dress is still based here providing costumes for the general public.
In 2002 the company moved it’s costume collection to a 16,000 sq ft purpose built, temperature controlled facility in Hendon. With approximately 8 miles of hanging rails holding around 1,000,000 items, it’s an impressive sight!
So what’s next for ACCL? It’s anyone’s guess!