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The collection

Le Grand Costumier’s collection includes nearly 100,000 costumes and accessories designed and acquired from the 1950s onward. It is one of the largest inventories of its kind in North America, crafted by some of Quebec’s best artisans and featuring a wide range of periods and styles: 

Our collection is housed over five floors in a 16,000 sq. ft. warehouse. All items can be accessed from floor level and are organized by period, style and size with the use of bilingual signs.

The collection by section


Our catalogue contains nearly 950 photos organized by period or category to provide an overview of the collection’s vast selection. Contact us to make an appointment to browse the entire collection on site, make your selection or obtain a quote : info@grandcostumier.com or 438-896-4646
 

Highlights from the collection : 

  • Head-to-toe looks from the early 18th to late 20th centuries, for women and men 

  • 20,000 accessories: gloves, jewellery, bags, neckties, suspenders, eyeglasses and more 

  • 6,000 hats: period, military and fantasy

  • 35,000 items from the 1920s to the 2000s, ranging from casual to formal evening wear, for women and men 

  • 10,000 uniform garments: military, police, firefighting, religious, trades, scouting, school uniforms and more

Periods

Antiquity
Middle Ages
Renaissance
Baroque and 17th century
18th century
19th century
20th century
Contemporary

Categories

Accessories
World costumes
Bourgeois
Gala/Evening
Variety
Mascots / Fantasy
Uniforms

Highlights from the collection :

  • “Head-to-toe” looks from the early 18th to late 20th centuries, for women and men
  • 20,000 accessories: gloves, jewellery, bags, neckties, suspenders, eyeglasses and more
  • 6,000 hats: period, military and fantasy
  • 35,000 items from the 1920s to the 2000s, ranging from casual to formal evening wear, for women and men
  • 10,000 uniform garments: military, police, firefighting, religious, trades, scouting, school uniforms and more

Inventory management

  • The collection is properly cared for through systematic cleaning, moth-proofing, continuous repairs and storage methods adapted to fragile items. Please refer to our Conservation Protocol (to come)
     
  • Each year, we add hundreds of pieces to our collection, acquired from various productions, private collections and donations of authentic garments.
     
  • All of the costumes and some accessories bear unique codes, with more recent items featuring barcodes. The inventory is managed through a tailor-made web database, which ensures the optimal monitoring of rentals and the easy tracing of each item.

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