In the Costume Shop, it is a continual process to upgrade our current stock. In addition to creating new costumes for a particular production, we also maintain a collection of vintage clothing. We have wonderful support from our community, which has donated many of the garments you see on stage. 

Any questions about costume donations can be directed to our Costume Shop Manager, Samantha Kuhn Staneart, at 763-233-0809 or at samantha@lyricarts.org

If you are interested in donating clothing items to the theater, please review this list of criteria before contacting Samantha:

For Women

  • Medieval costumes
  • Renaissance costumes
  • Elizabethan costumes
  • Victorian costumes
  • Edwardian costumes
  • Lace-up Boots  
  • Character Shoes - new or gently used
  • Large Jewelry - Brooches, Pendants, and rings with visible stones
  • Corsets
  • Unopened pantyhose or tights
  • Petticoats
  • Hoop skirts
  • Bloomers  

All clothing must be in good condition and can withhold wear during several runs of a production.

For Men

  • Tuxedos - Size 42 or larger
  • Tuxedo Shirts 
  • Tailcoats - any color
  • Suit Vests 
  • Dress Shoes  
  • Boots
  • Bow-ties - any color
  • Neckties - any color
  • Ascots - any color

All clothing must be in good condition and can withhold wear during several runs of a production.

Children

  • Period-specific costumes
  • Lace-up Boots

All clothing must be in good condition and can withhold wear during several runs of a production.

Character Costumes

If you have any unique character costumes you are willing to donate, we would love to take them.  These include kings, queens, animals, police officers, monsters, etc.

Fabric Donations

  • Fabric
  • Trim
  • Lace
  • Elastic

All fabric donations must be at least one yard minimum.

Costume Shop Supplies

  • Buttons
  • Thread Spools
  • Velcro
  • Snaps
  • Interfacing
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Seam Rippers
  • Measuring Tape

Unacceptable Items

  • Baby clothes
  • Modern children's clothing
  • Wedding dresses or veils
  • Modern bridesmaid or prom dresses
  • Women's vintage clothing - 1920's-1960's
  • Current day clothing unless it can pass for another era
  • Trench Coats, Winter Coats, or Fur Coats
  • Hats - vintage or current
  • Clothing that smells of smoke or any other odors
  • Clothing that needs major repairs
  • Clothing with stains

Due to storage constraints, we must evaluate donations carefully.

If your donation is accepted, we can provide you with a tax deductible receipt. Thank you for your continued support!