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How to Rent Costumes

Instructions and Guidelines

Not-For-Profit

All first time renting organizations must register by furnishing the Collection with a copy of their 501 [C] 3 or ST-119 not-for-profit treasury form for our files. Check with us if you are in doubt about your registration status. 

Rentals must be paid for before they can be removed from the warehouse. We accept Cash, Credit Card (Mastercard, Visa, and American Express), or Check as acceptable forms of payment.  All shipping charges and fees are the responsibility of the Company renting the costumes. The Collection will not accept C.O.D. packages.

For each new production, your Company must fill out a new Letter of Agreement/Contract, which may be downloaded from this website, emailed or faxed to you by the Collection.

Costumes may not be reserved or removed from the Collection until all the paperwork is in place.

Costumes may be placed on reserve and/or checked out four weeks (28 Days) prior to your first performance at no additional cost.

There is no limit to the amount of visits to the Collection for reserving or renting costumes.

Once costumes have been rented, there are no refunds or credits, but exchanges on all rented items may be made prior to opening night.

No costume may be treated with glue, dye, paint, stage blood, or distressing agents or cut in any manner.

All rented costumes not returned the the Collection by opening night must be professionally dry cleaned regardless of use. You may have the costumes cleaned at a dry cleaner of your choosing or you may return them, and the Collection will have them cleaned at a charge of $6.00 per pound. Specialty garments, such as suede, leather, fur, sequins and beaded costumes are dry cleaned at a per item rate. Costumes are due back to the Collection ten (10) days after the final performance date listed on your contract. An extension charge per costume PER WEEK will accrue for all items kept out after this time.

All items placed on reserve and not rented must be restocked by opening night. The Collection will restock any reserved costumes after that time and assess a restocking charge.

You may visit the Collection at any time without paperwork simply to browse.

Appointments are not required to visit the Collection or to reserve and/or check out costumes.

Appointments are required if a fitting room is needed.

There is a limit of four (4) persons per contract in the warehouse at any given time.

Photos are permitted.

We recommend always to call the Collection before a visit to confirm hours.

Commercial

Commercial (productions that cannot furnish proper Not-For-Profit treasury forms): All Letter of Agreements must be approved to qualify for rental by a member of the Costume Collection staff.  You may fill out the Letter of Agreement in person, or have the producing company download and send the Letter of Agreement to us via email or fax.  All Commercial Contracts must have a credit card attached to the contract to secure the rental.

All costumes and dry cleaning charges must be paid for before costumes may be removed from the warehouse. We accept Cash and Credit Card (Mastercard, Visa, and American Express), as acceptable forms of payment. We cannot accept Purchase Orders.  All shipping charges and fees are the responsibility of the Company renting the costumes. The Collection will not accept C.O.D. packages.

For each new production, your Company must fill out a new Letter of Agreement/Contract, which may be downloaded from this website, emailed or faxed to you by the Collection.

Costumes may not be reserved or removed from the Collection until all the paperwork is in place.

Costumes may be placed on reserve and/or checked out three (3) business days before the first shoot date or performance date as listed on your Letter of Agreement.  If your production needs additional time, that may be arranged for an additional fee at the discretion of the Costume Collection staff.

There is no limit to the amount of visits to the Collection for reserving or renting costumes. Once costumes have been rented, there are no refunds or credits, but exchanges on all rented items may be made prior to your first shoot or performance date as listed on the Letter of Agreement.

No costume may be treated with glue, dye, paint, stage blood, or distressing agents or cut in any manner.

All alterations, including any labels you put into an item, must be removed and costumes restored to their original condition before return. For your convenience, dry cleaning charges will be assessed and charged at the time of checkout and added to your bill at that time.  Our current dry cleaning rate is $6.00 per pound.  Specialty garments, such as suede, leather, fur, sequins and beaded costumes are dry cleaned at a per item rate.

Costumes are due back to the Collection three (3) days after the final performance/shoot date listed on your contract. An extension charge per costume PER WEEK will accrue for all items kept out after this time.

All items placed on reserve and not rented must be restocked by opening night. The Collection will restock any reserved costumes after that time and assess a restocking charge.
 
You may visit the Collection at any time without paperwork simply to browse.

Appointments are not required to visit the Collection or to reserve and/or check out costumes.

Appointments are required if a fitting room is needed.

There is a limit of four (4) persons per contract in the warehouse at any given time.

Photos are permitted.

We recommend always to call the Collection before a visit to confirm hours.

The above Guidelines are intended for everyone's benefit.  Many organizations rely on the Collection's inventory as their sole costume resource, and it is the intent of these Guidelines to help insure the proper care and maintenance of our inventory.