Costume Fabrics

Costume design can make or break a production. Designers who are able to immerse the audience in a story and build a world which is authentic through each characters’ wardrobe, don’t just allow actors to embody a persona, they bring a whole production to life. Vast amounts of research and planning goes into each garment, including the careful selection of fabrics and how they can help to define each character.

Costumes tell us a great deal about the time and place in which a production is set. The Costume Designer must consider the style of the time down to the last detail, exploring silhouettes, hemlines, colours, necklines, even the underwear worn and how it gave a garment structure.

In period pieces, historical accuracy is essential. Authentic costumes put an actor in a specific time, place, and mindset, helping them to get into character and deliver a more credible performance. A dress with a corset and full skirt straightens the back, and makes the wearer carefully consider how she holds herself and moves around the set. A military uniform tailored in genuine fabric of the period allows the character to embody a soldier of that era.

When it comes to authentic costume fabrics for stage and screen, Hainsworth has been the industry’s first choice for over 50 years. Our woollen mill is responsible for the look of iconic England all the way back to the scarlet uniforms of the Battle of Waterloo. Our costume fabric range enables designers to make a true connection to a production’s historic roots through access to genuine historical cloth.


Genuine authenticity.

The Hainsworth family have been producing woven woollen textiles in Yorkshire since 1783; from the invention of the Khaki Serge in 1899 to the distinctive blue uniforms of the RAF, Hainsworth cloth has its roots firmly in British history. Our heritage makes us the natural choice for Costume Designers looking for genuine authenticity, but also those who value outstanding quality, vivid colours and consistency that can be relied upon.
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The finest accuracy and detail.

Authentic costume reproduction requires costume fabrics to be manufactured to the finest accuracy and detail. Hainsworth can take any historic woollen or worsted textile, and using our in-house experts in the Textile Innovation Centre, can analyse the fabric for its component parts and advise on the manufacture of an exact replica. Our colour matching is legendary.
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Stage & Screen

On a world stage.

Hainsworth supply cloth to Film & TV companies, Opera Houses and leading theatres worldwide. Selected for their quality, colour and authenticity, our fabrics are used in costume design from traditional to modern and have been used in many recent films including Harry Potter, The Darkest Hour and the musical Oliver.

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