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Behind The Seams – The Book

Seven Generations of Dressing the Stars of Stage, Screen & TV
By James Bellini & Sally Angel

Angels has been providing costumes for stage and screen since 1840, and is the name sewn into thousands of costumes for television, theatre and film productions, including thirty-six costume Oscar®-winning movies

Behind the Seams gives exclusive access to what really goes on at Angels, and tells the story of the biggest dressing-up box in the world.

This is a unique insight into 175 years of the entertainment industry in London, and the evolution of a family business now into its seventh generation.

Now you too can step behind the dressing room door and see how the magic unfolds……

Price: £30 this can be purchased from our sister website


A unique insight into 175 years of the entertainment industry in London, and the sometimes bumpy evolution of a family business, now in it’s seventh generation.

Eight Miles Of Hanging Rails

Angels is the largest dressing up box in the world, with over one million costumes and accessories hanging on eight miles of rails and is the name sewn into hundreds of thousands of costumes for film, television & theatre productions.


Behind The Seams reveals extraordinary secrets about the costumes and their creators. With lavish photos and close up details of trims, lace and fabrics, it’s also visually stunning and a joy to dip into for inspiration or escapism.

Angels Costumes: The Tour

Our Tour is a wide-ranging look behind the scenes of the World’s Largest Costumiers. A tour of the collection takes approximately two hours and we look at all the departments in Angels including Mens Tailoring, Ladies Making, Alterations, Uniform Department,, Ecclestical, Light Entertainment and many more.

Spaces on the tour are strictly limited to 12 people (including group leaders etc), the smaller your group the more of the building you will be able to see. For a full group of 12 it may not be possible to visit some of the smaller departments.

Participants need to be able to walk quite a distance; we will be on our feet for almost two hours. Wheelchair users are welcome, please mention at the time of enquiring if you have a wheelchair user in your group.

Tour information is provided as an indication of what is possible and not all areas will be available at the time of your visit. If something is of particular interest then please mention that when you enquire. 

Please note that photography and recording is not permitted on the tour.

Reviews – This is what previous Tour participants said 

Sharron Maddock of John Lewis says Your guides were informative and entertaining, a truly unusual and fascinating event‘.

Donna Hanisch of Internationale Filmschule Köln from Berlin. ‘On behalf of the costume design group, we would like to thank you very much again for the enriching tour that you gave us within your overwhelming costume house! We all appreciated the time you took for us and your informative and witty way of explaining how Angels works’.

Tom Rand, Costume Designer said ‘I thought you did that tour perfectly. A very clever mixture of information, a bit of showbiz, a few short person jokes and a real overview of how Angels works’.

Hilda Boxall , visited us for a private tour and wrote to us. ‘This is to say a very big thank you for giving my daughter and I the chance to experience the wonder of your Angels collection. To us it was a visit of a lifetime, made so very good by our guide who gave us such an informative & entertaining tour of your vast collection’.

For charges and availability please contact or call  020 8202 2244

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