The mold costume hire business attracts people from across the UK to its quirky workshops

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A Mold costume hire business attracts people from across the UK to attend its quirky workshops where people can make a range of historic clothing, from Victorian bustles to glamorous 1920s cocoon coats.

Paula Cain of Cambria Costume Hire said she was delighted with the interest in her workshops, which are held at her business in Mold’s High Street.

The experienced costume designer and supervisor celebrates 10 years of running her business this year, having moved from Sealand Road near Chester to Mold in 2021.


She enjoys sharing her skills with a wide range of people who want to create their own costumes or clothing, including Peaky Blinder style hats or 1920s style cloche hats.

Paula, from Aston, has been making elaborate and ornate costumes for theatrical purposes for over 20 years now. His work has graced the stage in a number of productions, from the Liverpool Everyman panto to various shows at the Buxton Opera House.

She also produced outfits for 90s Liverpool pop singer and Eurovision contestant Sonia, whose single You’ll Never Stop Me From Loving You reached the top of the charts in 1989.

She also regularly produces historical costumes for heritage attractions and, in contrast, glitzy costumes for tribute acts to rock bands like The Darkness and KISS.

Demonstrating his versatility in costume design and production, his latest commission includes a range of plant-inspired dress-up costumes for children for the RHS Bridgewater site which opened earlier this year.

One was a cactus costume and another was to represent the life cycle of a plant, depicting the journey from seed to apple. Paula is currently making a children’s costume that represents global warming.

She also produced a stunning Welsh National Dress Competition dress for Hannah Hunter, who went on to win the Face of the World competition held in Paris. She also branched out into producing a range of Game of Thrones-style medieval costumes.

Now Paula, who has also been asked to provide the costumes for Chester Mystery Plays 2023, having done so for two previous cycles, is preparing to hold another series of workshops. These include a chance to craft a 1920s-style cloche hat, a coat, and an evening bag known as the Crosshair.

A satisfied former workshop participant has created his own Victorian animation using black satin, ready for a night out at his local pub.

Paula said people come to Mold to attend her workshops from as far away as Swansea, Kent and Gateshead. A corsetry workshop attracts people of various ages, from 15 to 60, with corsets that can be worn with jeans for example.

Costumes made in the workshops or available for hire from Paula can be used for a variety of occasions, from a night out with friends or Steampunk events to theatrical productions, including pantos.

Upcoming workshops at Cambria Costume Hire, which range from those designed for complete beginners to those with intermediate sewing skills, include a 1920s Fashion Weekend taking place in November.

Paula said: “I’ve always been fascinated by historical costumes and enjoyed drawing inspiration from reading historical books over the years. I think the old way of doing things really appeals to me, with the traditional way things were done and structured to create a certain form.

“I decided to start costume workshops because I felt there was nothing else like it in this field.

“I’ve had people come to workshops wearing historical costumes and then someone else was a rocker girl who wanted to wear a Victorian-style black satin dress to the pub on a Saturday night.

“I think people like to learn new skills and want to do something different.

“A lot of people have told me that they loved making ’20s-style cocoon coats, for example.

“They like to make historical costumes that could also be used for cosplay or Steampunk events. When people make hats, they love it and tend to leave the workshop wearing them.

“I encourage anyone willing to try to contact me for more information. We have workshops for all levels of sewing and we have sewing machines here. Depending on the workshop, people may wish to bring their own fabric.

For more information on workshops or costume hire, visit cambriacostumehouse.co.uk.





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