Whether you’re looking for Dorothy’s ruby red slippers or Cher’s white Calvin Klein dress, the odds are that getting a hold of old studio outfits isn’t as difficult as you think. These stores sell and rent costumes and props from the sets of motion picture to the general public.
Sword & Stone
723 North Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502
Spice up your Roman centurion costume with authentic metal body armor and a matching spear. Owned by self-taught blacksmith Tony Swatton, Sword & Stone specializes in creating historically accurate, one-of-a-kind armor, weapons and props. Their work has appeared in a number of films, including X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), National Treasure (2004) and the 2006 and 2007 installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. More recently, Swatton contributed costumes and weapons for Real Steel (2011) and Sucker Punch (2011).
12320 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
One part make-up counter, one part bargain basement Halloween store and one part studio-quality costume rental shop, Robinson Beautilities on Venice Blvd. more than likely has what you’re looking for. Robinson is owned by Premiere Props, an entertainment memorabilia store known for selling and auctioning bits and pieces of film history, both for profit and for charity.
It’s a Wrap
3315 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
1164 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
It’s a Wrap buys wardrobe and props in bulk from major studios and sells them to the public at a reduced price. While you’re more likely to find contemporary designer clothes than actual costumes, they have a selection of more genre-based costume pieces. Their current inventory includes modern clothing from the sets of CSI: Miami, General Hospital, The Shield, Dexter, House and The Office.
Western Costume Company
11041 Vanowen St., North Hollywood, CA 91605
Hollywood has relied on Western Costume Company to provide its films with realistic costumes for decades, ever since 1914’s The Squaw Man. Over the years it has provided costumes to dozens of films, including classics such as The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone With the Wind (1939), The Sound of Music (1965) and, more recently, Hairspray (2007) and Watchmen (2009). Generally the Western Costume Company is closed to the public, but every October they open their doors to the public and rent out a portion of their inventory.