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About ImaginariumApparel

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On Etsy since 2011

The Imaginarium Apparel's Story

Hi, I'm Rachael Forbes - designer at The Imaginarium Apparel based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I studied Performance Costume and embarked on a career as a costume designer/ maker for theatre, film and music video before creating my own theatrical couture label.
The Imaginarium Apparel designs are inspired by the textures, colours and sculptural forms of insects and amphibians as well as the creatures of myth and imagination.
Each pieces is made to measure and hand embellished using couture techniques.
I'm inspired by fashion designers who merge the boundaries between theatre, performance art and fashion.
My most notable customer has been a headpiece commission for singer Sarah Brightman. My pieces have been showcased at the Saatchi Gallery in London and featured in a Alexander McQueen retrospective shoot for Vogue Magazine. The Imaginarium Apparel has also featured in The Skinny, Dark Beauty Magazine, I-On and others.

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    Hi, I'm Rachael Forbes designer and maker at The Imaginarium Apparel.

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Last updated on April 30, 2022
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Returns and exchanges
All items are non returnable and non refundable. In the unlikely event that manufacturing/craft damages have occurred then the item can be sent back to be repaired/ if the customer is unhappy with the fit of an item - it will be no problem to return the item to carry out any alterations - if possible. Corsets cannot be altered once they have been made.
You take full responsibility to provide the correct measurements, for the piece to fit perfectly. In the event that the item does not fit then adjustments may be carried out if possible.
If, once you have paid for the item and before it has been started you change your mind, then you can swap it for something of equal or more value or I can send you a digital credit note.
Each item is hand made to your specific measurements. Items will take from 2-6 weeks depending upon the piece and commission schedule. If you have a specific date you require the piece for, please contact me before purchasing. I will try my best to get the piece to you for the deadline specified.
Payments are non refundable and items are non returnable. Before the item has been started, you can also swap for another item of the same or value or more.
I am happy for the total amount to be paid in installments, but the complete amount must be paid before the piece is posted.
It is your responsibility as a customer to provide the correct measurements to ensure the piece fits perfectly. Items generally cannot be adjusted.
I reserve the right to make the piece within my schedule if the customer does not contact me first to ensure the item can be made for a specific event date.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
Items will be sent using Royalmail, fedex or UPS and all smaller packages by Airmail trackable delivery and all larger parcels by the above providers. Only smaller packages can be insured within the postage costs, however if you wish insurance on a particular large package then I can arrange to debit the additional amount to your account. The Imaginarium Apparel does not take responsibility for items that do not arrive at their destination. All medium and small parcels will be sent tracked. You will be sent a shipping confirmation with a tracking number and a link to the postal provider's website to check it at any time.
Items sent abroad (anywhere other than the UK) are estimated to take around 5 working days but could take up to two weeks. The Imaginarium Apparel does not take responsibility for items delayed in the post. I aim to send the piece two weeks before any particular event date to best ensure it arrives on time. Any time outwith these two weeks might mean will be debited an additional amount for a faster postage service or may not be guaranteed to get there in time . I will take all possible measures to get a piece to you by your particular event date otherwise it will be 2 - 6 weeks depending upon the item.
You may be charged a customs fee to have the item delivered to your country, we take no responsibility for any charges incurred.
All items will be well protected and packaged for their journey to you!.
We take no responsibility for shipping and postage delays/strikes that may occur to delay your parcel but will ensure plenty of time within the quoted providers estimation or for your event date.
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Each piece is made to the highest quality and standard and we hope that you enjoy wearing your unique Imaginarium Apparel commission.