Your best choice for female clubbing clothes,
Address: Bolshaya Polyanka Ul., #56, Bldg. 1, metro Dobryninskaya. Tel: 959-4895. Open 11:00-22:00. Website: www.fashion911.ru.
It’s not easy to reach but the range of costumes
Address: Shchelkovskoe Shosse, #5, metro Cherkizovskaya. Tel: 725-2625. Open 9:00-20:00. Website: www.carnevale.ru.
One of Moscow’s best known costume outlets, Arte-Grim benefits from a central location and the option to rent costumes. They stock a great range of costumes for all occasions and are especially prolific in their assortment of wigs and hats and historical, animal and carnival costumes. Anything that costs more than 2000R ($75) can be rented for as little as 20% of the cost price if you keep it for only 24 hours. The full purchase price is required as a deposit. Arte-Grim also does professional make-up.
Address: Stary Arbat Ulitsa, #38, metro Smolenskaya. Tel: 509-2730. Open Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-19:00. Website: www.arte-grim.ru.
The downside of this place is that it’s not the sort of store where you can simply go and browse the racks. Head to their office in the Hermitage Gardens and you’ll be given a catalogue to look through. But it is an extensive catalogue with over 600 costumes for adults and children. Historical outfits are their specialty, with attire ranging from Ancient Greece to Tsarist Russia to 1920s America. Carnival costumes and pop-culture icons are also on offer. Rent starts at 1000R ($37) but five times the rental amount is required as a guarantee. Costumes can be altered to suit any frame.
Address: Karetny Ryad Ulitsa, #3, Bldg. 3, Office 32, metro Chekhovskaya. Tel: 699-4716. Open 10:00-20:00. Website: www.croco.ru.