Supplying Fancy Dress Costumes, Dance Wear and Accessories for Adults and Children children since 1981.

With a burning passion for all things related to Costume and Dance Wear, Carole Hurst founded Arabesque Fancy Dress and Dance Wear in 1981.

In recent years, our business has quickly earned its spot as the most trusted Dance Wear & Fancy Dress shop in the Essex & the East London area. Our company has expanded its product line, and now offers a wide range of  dance and sports wear - all at the most competitive prices.



Dance Wear and Fancy Dress was established in 1981 when there were few other similar facilities around. Today, after 39 years, we still hold ourselves as one of the best in the UK. We offer Fancy Dress Sales and Hire from our shop and online sales. 


For those wishing a personal visit, ARABESQUE is now situated in a picturesque suburb of Essex, within the heart of Ongar at the Zinc Arts Centre. Our friendly and helpful staff will be pleased to offer a very personal service, providing costumes of all kinds; from Christmas through to Halloween, ancient to modern: stars, super heroes, special themes and the best quality mascot costumes- all of them provide the highest standard. A visit would be fun, but you can also reserve everything over the phone, the best you will get on quality and pricing anywhere.


And it’s not just fancy dress. We supply a huge range of wigs, plus fancy dress, masks, hats, right through to professional stage make up. It’s the place to be…ARABESQUE…the best in FANCY DRESS. Arabesque has been here for over thirty years. We are a family run business and will always offer the best service.


Why shop at Arabesque?

Because of our experience in selling and renting Fancy Dress Costumes, we get to see and feel the products we offer. We use this experience to pick what we believe are the best quality costumes and accessories to put on our website, and to make sure all our clients are totally satisfied with their costumes.