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Guidelines for costume

Costume is one of the most recognisable aspects of Sovereign Hill’s interpretation of life on the goldfields and contributes significantly to the visitor experience. It is also in itself an exhibit; a powerful interpretive device for communicating what life was like on the goldfields and how fashion, morality, etiquette and social structures have changed over time.

Costume Policy

Costume for students
Authentic costuming is one of the most important aspects of our program. We ask children to take pride in the correct wearing of costume and make every effort to come prepared.

All students must be prepared with:

  • Flat black or brown shoes (closed toes, no logos and preferably no buckles or zips) Sovereign Hill School has some shoes that we can lend out to students.
  • Plain (black, brown, grey or white) neutral socks for boys, no logos or mixed colours. Long white socks or stockings for girls
  • Plain white/cream t-shirts, singlets or thermals to wear underneath the costume for warmth in the cooler months.

Girls must have their hair parted in the centre and tied in two plaits with plain hair ties or ribbons. Girls with short hair will be provided with a day cap.

Boys with turbans or sikh buns are NOT required to wear caps, however the materials used must be plain and not of a bright colour.

Make-up and painted nails are not permitted. Facial piercings must be removed.

Girls are allowed to wear one small pair of plain earrings if they have their ears pierced. Boys with earrings will be asked to remove them or cover them with tape. All other jewellery ( bracelets, necklaces, wristwatches, fitbits ) must be removed unless it is of a medical or religious nature.

For clarification, please refer to the posters below:


Costume for visiting teachers and other adults
Costuming of visiting teachers and other adults is managed by the Sovereign Hill Wardrobe Department on Day 1 of the program only, between 10 and 10:30am.

There is a limit of 3 costumed adults per costumed school.

Sovereign Hill’s friendly wardrobe department staff will advise you of the museum’s policy for the wearing of costume. It is most important that you adhere to this policy as visitors to the outdoor museum will assume that you are a member of Sovereign Hill staff.

All adults must be prepared with:

  • Flat black or brown shoes (closed toes, no logos and preferably no buckles or zips)
  • Plain neutral long socks or stockings
  • Plain white / cream t-shirts, singlets or thermals to wear underneath the costume for warmth.

Female adults must have their hair parted in the centre or tied back off the face, in a bun or held in a snood (provided). Plaits are not worn by adults.

Heavy make-up and painted nails are not permitted.

Other than a small pair of earrings all facial piercings must be removed. All other jewellery (bracelets, necklaces, wristwatches, fitbits) must be removed.

For clarification, please refer to the posters below:

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