About Us

It all started with a Red Elephant!

Welephant and Alison

With over 30 years of experience in creating bespoke character costumes, Costumes With Character lead the field in producing premium quality costumes.

Our story started in 1986 when founder, Liz Milnes began her mascot making career with the company name of Situation Clothing, her first contract was to create the well known and loved Welephant, the elephant for the fire brigades of the United Kingdom. The success of this character cemented Liz’s place in the competitive industry that is custom Character Costume production.

Hundreds of elephants and many other high quality character costumes later, Costumes with Character Ltd. Was established in 2001.

Today we are a team of passionate and creative individuals, from various backgrounds relating to prop and costume construction, such as theatre based work, costume design, pattern making, model making, sculpting, illustration and fine machine work.

Many of us have worked together for over 20 years, throughout which we have developed a signature style unique to Costumes with Character where quality, practicality and visual impact are of paramount importance.

We thrive on creative challenges and celebrate the successful creation of each character we are entrusted to create.

Meet the Team

Liz Milnes

Liz

 

Managing Director

 

Michelle Barton

Michelle

 

Creative Director

 

Alison Dermott

Alison

 

Operations Manager

 

Marie Harrison

Marie

 

Production Manager

 

Amy Harrison

Amy

 

Office Manager

 

Alex Marshall

Alex

 

Marketing and Print Manager

 

Claire White

Claire

 

Refurb Assistant

 

Lou Kent

Lucinda

 

Refurb Manager

 

Debbie Aylward

Debbie

 

Sewing Room Manager

 

Alison Hilton

Alison

 

Sewing Room Supervisor

 

Rebecca Gallagher

Rebecca

 

Senior Sample Machinist

 

Christine Owen

Christine

 

Sewing Machinist

 

Jordan Togher

Jordan

 

Pattern Cutter

 

Janet Healey

Janet

 

Fabric Cutter

 

Maria Ratcliffe

Maria

 

(Maternity Leave)

 

Dave Togher

Dave

 

Plas Construction Specialist

 

Rebecca Johnston

Rebecca

 

Prop Maker