Costume Curio, Inc. The Southeast’s Premiere Costumer.

Welcome to Costume Curio, Inc. – the Southeast’s Premiere costumer, located near downtown Greenville, South Carolina. With over 20 years of professional theatrical costuming experience, we do our best to help the community take their performing arts to the next level, by providing local actors, actresses, artists, and directors with the costumes and makeup they need to be their best, when nothing else is good enough.

Costume Curio is a small, experienced team of dedicated professionals. At Costume Curio, if we don’t carry it, we can get it–and if we can’t get it, we can make it.

Tips to beat the Halloween ‘traffic’ at Costume Curio

      1. Decide your costume early!  The earlier you visit us, the more options you’ll have to piece something together.
      2. Again, don’t wait until the last minute!  The parking lot can get a little packed in the evenings, especially during the two weeks prior to Halloween.
      3. Even if you don’t know exactly what you want, come with a few ideas in mind.  It’ll make the whole experience a lot smoother.
      4. If you are creating your costume from scratch and only need a few items, bring what you have with you.  Then we can work together to match colors and fabrics if need be.
      5. Be prepared to pay the cash deposit or rental fee in order to reserve your costume!  We cannot hold any items for longer than one day during Halloween.
      6. Allow plenty of time for your visit.  You never know how many other people will be in the shop at the same time.
      7. To avoid the crowds, visit us in the morning when it is usually slower and you’ll get more one on one time with an associate.
      8. A picture is worth a thousand words!  Pictures are always helpful if you are trying to achieve a specific look.

Murder Mysteries

Murder mystery parties are back in fashion!  Whether it is a couples’ weekend away or a friendly get-together at home, murder mystery parties are a great way to spend an evening.  We have costumes that span centuries and countries so we’re bound to have several options for your specific character.  We will discuss a few costuming options based on your vision for the character as well as our knowledge of the time period.  We can put together a complete outfit or even suggest key pieces that can be worn with your own clothes.

All the world’s a stage!

It is our pride and joy to costume plays and operas.  It is our bread and butter so to speak.  Seeing the characters come to life wearing our designs causes a great sense of satisfaction for us at the shop.  That being said, yes, we do costume plays for theatres near and far.  Would your theatre like to avail of our services?  Fantastic!  Just give us a call.  We’ll have a chat and pull the show for your approval.  The considerable size of our rental stock allows us to costume all kinds of plays and musicals.  The King and I, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your Gun, and Peter Pan are just a few of the shows we have costumed in the past.  Visit our Shows and Costume Plots page to see more!

Whether your theatre is new or established, we would love the opportunity to work with you and help make your season a wild success!

Make-up and Wigs Galore!

Need specialty make-up for an upcoming production? Perhaps for a Halloween party? Or maybe you’re a make-up artist and need to replace some of your go-to products. Whatever your needs are, we have them covered! We carry foundations, luxury powders, stage blood, appliances (i.e. scars, bolts, noses, ears, etc.), beards, bald caps and more! Want to make your own appliances? No problem! Our experienced staff can give you tips and show you what products you’ll need to create that perfect zombie, werewolf, or old age look!

We receive new shipments of Ben Nye products every three days. If by some chance we don’t have what you need in stock we can easily place a custom order. In addition to Ben Nye’s range of foundations, special effects make-up kits, pencils, powders and more, we also carry Mehron and Krylon!

Wigs can instantly transform a person not only from a brunette to a blonde but also from a young person to an old person. We have colonial, biblical, pirate, hippie, clown, and modern wigs in abundance! There are so many options in a sale stock alone: brightly colored or naturally colored, long or short, with or without bangs, curly or straight or wavy, spiky or flat and smooth. We also have specific characters like Alice and Snow White as well as real people such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, and Twiggy.

Gloves, Glasses, and Boas, Oh my!

So you already have a costume, or at least something passable from your closet.  That’s great!  Don’t forget to jazz it up with accessories so it really transforms from a plain cocktail dress to a dynamite flapper.  We have all sorts of accessories including but not limited to gloves (long, short, colored, lace, satin, adult, children), glasses (funky, nerdy, 1950s-1980s, sci-fi), boas (every color of the rainbow), necklaces (hippie, pimp), bracelets (1960s mod), rings, headbands (flapper, hippie), hats (goofy, pirate, patriotic, top hats, fedoras), scarves, shoe buckles, neck-wear, suspenders, weapons (tommy guns, pistols, swords, nun chucks), fake cigarettes, shoes (go-go boots, platforms, character shoes, saddle oxfords).  We could honestly go on and on and on AND on about the accessories we keep in stock.  The best thing to do is visit us at the shop.  One of our associates can help you find what you are looking for no problem!

Need Alterations?

Our talented team of seamstresses can tackle any and every sewing job!  Seriously, they are like mechanical engineers but with sewing machines.  In addition to the alterations we do for our rental costumes, we also do bridal alterations and tailor your everyday clothes.  Just call for an appointment.

It’s A Bird… It’s A Plane… It’s Superman

We get asked a lot for specialty characters such as Superman, Batman, Elmo, or various Disney princesses for children’s birthday parties. Good news, you can stop searching because we have rental and sale options! You provide the person, we provide the costume. Our costumes of are of the highest quality to ensure that your child gets a memorable and exciting visit from his or her favorite character. Give us a call and we can easily reserve one over the phone. Keep in mind that these guys are pretty popular among the birthday circuit so reserve them as soon as you can.

Visit our FAQ page to learn more about the reservation process.

And they lived happily ever after…

Non-traditional weddings are a blast!  I mean, who doesn’t love to dress up like they did in the Renaissance?  We can handle just about any theme you throw at us, we’re just that good at our jobs!  Some popular themes in the past include Renaissance of course.  We have so many options for both men and women in our rental and sale stock.  Or if you’d prefer we can make you a custom dress or outfit.  It’s not a problem.  Just give us a call and make an appointment with our designer so you can discuss fabric, trim, and style.

Steampunk is another theme that has surfaced in recent years.  What is ‘steampunk’ youSteampunk-Wedding Steampunk is another theme that has surfaced in recent years.  What is ‘steampunk’ you may ask? Well, it could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.”  There are even subgenres within this historical futuristic genre: Victorian inspired looks, American old west, and even medieval ages steampunk.  The key to a great steampunk look is mixing unexpected accessories with typical suits or dresses of the time period. 

 Star Wars, 1920s, Halloween Horror, and anime are other typical weddings we’ve seen.  We have both sale and rental costumes to accommodate the wedding parties and guests for these themes and many others!  Visit us and speak with one of our associates to discuss your wedding wear options.  

Attending a con? Check us out for great costume ideas and pieces!

Well, we’ve got plenty of costumes here for events such as Dragon*Con – for example, Harry Potter costumes and accessories (like robes, ties, wands, glasses, scarves, and other items – even Dumbledore’s hat, hair, and beard or McGonagall’s hat), or Star Trek costumes and uniforms (original or new), several items in the style of Tolkien’s universe, a full selection of theatrical makeup, stage blood, all sorts of wigs, black or white feather wings, demon horns, pirate outfits (including boots and hats), as well as several other costumes and accessories that are perfect for any upcoming convention. We also have parade costumes and furries!