Costuming Events and Specials

Costume Exhibits, Workshops, Auctions and ways to get your own costume

Here we list costume exhibits, classes and resources in Los Angles that will help you get your outfit together… and lead you to costuming year round.

Also the site mascot, da Cat, has compiled a few “best picks” for spots to buy costumes, supplies and accessories.

Watch out, it’s a contagious hobby!

Costuming Workshops and Exhibits

Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design

The Art of Television Costume Design celebrates the new “Golden Age” of TV programming.  This annual exhibition includes a variety of Emmy Award-nominated shows exploring themes of digital research, fandoms, re-launches, and the fast-paced work environment on set.  Exciting designs from multiple network, streaming, and cable productions of 2016-2017.  Not to miss to get your inspiration.

  • Info: their website and their pics from past exhibits.
    • When:  August 22 October 7, 2017
      • 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m, Tuesday – Saturday
    • FIDM Museum, 919 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
    • Free to all.
    • No cameras allowed.

HallowlineChagall: Fantasy for the Stage – LACMA

Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage highlights the principal role that music and dance played in Chagall’s artistic practice. The performing arts were a significant source of inspiration for Chagall throughout his long career: he depicted musicians in many of his paintings, collaborated on set designs for the Ballet Russes in 1911, created murals and theatrical productions for the Moscow State Jewish Theater in the 1920s, and designed costumes and monumental sets for ballet and opera in the 1940s – 1960s.

The exhibition concentrates on Chagall’s four productions for the stage—the ballets Aleko, The Firebird, Daphnis and Chloén, Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute.  The exhibition features the artist’s vibrant costumes and set designs—some of which have never been exhibited since they appeared on stage—and also presents a selection of iconic paintings depicting musicians and lyrical scenes, numerous works on paper, and documentary footage of original performances.

HallowlineThe Zombie Fashion Show & Creature Art Exhibit

???  Get ready for a night of the runway-walking dead! Come watch as 50 Hollywood makeup artists transform a bevy of gorgeous models into gory zombies in this one-of-a-kind zombie fashion show. In addition to this sexy-scary runway show, there will also be a creature art exhibit featuring over 150 original pieces of monster, zombie, ghoul and alien art. This event at Lot 613 features live music and a performance from Dangerous D the Anatomical Wonder, as well as a free photo booth courtesy of Snap Yourself and free all-you-can-eat pancakes courtesy of The Pancakes & Booze Art Show.

HallowlineMonsters, Mummies and Mayhem: Your Worst Nightmares Come to Life – Hollywood Museum

Ever wonder where Eric Northman sleeps when he’s not terrorizing True Blood residents? Or where Clarice Starling met Hannibal Lecter? Horror fans can find out when they visit.  Horror’s favorite teenage heartthrob vampires, terrifying boogiemen, zombies and mysterious demons will be showcased in this spine-tingling Halloween-themed exhibition.

After your horror visit to the basement, check out the rest of the wonderful collection of Hollywood history and costumes. See costumes from the Elizabeth Taylor’s “Cleopatra”, Marilyn Monroe’s “Let’s Make Love”. More dresses & costumes from actresses such as Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Mae West, Ella Fitzgerald, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Joan Crawford, Shirley MacClaine, Greer Garson, Sophia Loren, Susan Hayward, Dorothy Lamour,etc. See props and costumes from both Planet of the Apes movies, models from Jurassic Park, Moulin Rouge, Stargate and many more.

  • Wednesday – Sunday, 10am -5pm
  • The Hollywood Museum
    • 1660 N Highland Ave, Hollywood
    • (The Max Factor Building 1/2 block south of Hollywood Blvd.)
  • $15, $12 seniors and students. $5 kids under 5
    • Guests who bravely venture in full Halloween costume on the weekends of October 24–October 26 and October 31–November 2 will receive $5 off

Archlight Cinema’s Costume Exhibits

The Archlight keeps rotating costumes exhibits. Below we’re listing what we know are there, but there’s not an exact date range for these exhibits. Please check their website for current info: if you’re going for a specific film, call ahead to confirm the exhibit is still there since they rotate quickly.

No schedule yet but always great closeup looks at costumes  related to the movies they’re showing.

See pictures of the movies costumes on our exhibit site.

Special Shopping & Auctions

Sometimes there’s not time to make a costume from scratch… and you don’t want a “bag costume”. Bring your shopping talent and put together something original. Or, if you’ve got a big budget, you might be able to buy a movie original.

Unique Shopping Options

Western Costume’s Annual Halloween Costume Rental

The Ultimate spot for costumes from the famous and infamous. Western Costume is normally closed to the general public but opens their doors to rent to the general public for one month a year. You pick up the costume for the month and return it after Halloween. This gives you a chance to use it at multiple parties.

So, come as early in the month as you can for the best selection. With Western Costume’s collection built from 90 years in film and television costuming, you can be anything you wish. You may actually rent the costumes used in films and TV shows you have loved — everything from “Happy Days” to “Cleopatra”, any era from Caveman to Spaceman.

  • Info: or facebook or  818-508-2147,
    • Pick out and pickup costumes any time in October, 2017

      • Rent for the month of October.  Return costumes after Halloween
      • 10am-6pm.  Sometimes later.  Closed Sundays.
    • 11041 Vanowen St., North Hollywood. Just W of Vineland. Enter from the rear for the Halloween Store.
    • Costumers rentals start at $45, security deposit must be backed by a credit card.

Annual Halloween Costume Shoppe – It’s A Wrap!

Offers the general public the opportunity to purchase actual wardrobe and props from movie and TV sets for sale in 2 retail stores. They pick up wardrobe and props off the sets or out of the wardrobe or prop departments of major motion picture studios and independent production companies sell the wardrobe and props from an action adventure, western, comedy or musical, or from a cancelled series, soap opera, sitcom, TV movie or major motion pictures. There is something for everyone. Clothing and props are high in quality, used on the set for an hour or two, or sometimes never used at all.

New stock comes in all year long. During the Halloween season they put out their best costume items that they’ve been collecting all year. Check their stories early and often. Some of the rarer items are auctioned.

  • Info:   or facebook

    • Annual Halloween Costume Shoppe
    • Halloween specials open September 11,

      • M-F 10-8, Sat, 10-6, -Sun 11-6
    • 3315 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, and
    • 1164 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles

Vintage Fashion Show Expo – Vintage Clothing

All kinds of great vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories. Main era are 30’s-50’s, but you’ll find all kinds of things from the 20th century.

International Gems, Beads and Jewelry Show

Most costumes are not complete without a bit of glitz. These shows are great to pick up that glitz. Check your local newspaper for coupons for free gifts or $1 off admission.

  • Info:
    • Pasadena – Pasadena Convention Center (Hall B)
      • September 1-3, 2017 
      • 300 E Green St, Pasadena
    • Los Angeles – The Westin, LAX
      • 5400 W Century Blvd.
      • December 1-3, 2017

Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

You can’t costume well without good tools. Try out sewing machines, find the latest tools, workshops on techniques.

  • Info:
    • Orange Country Fair Event Center
      • 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
  • Sept 28 – 30, 2017  –  10-5
  • See website for admission coupons.

Movie Costume Auctions

 Movie Prop Auction – Premier Props

Premiere Props hosts a live auction featuring Over 500 Props And Costumes

  • Info: ICollector detail (loads slow)
    • Hollywood Auction Extravaganza 
      • Date: September 23, 2017
    • Now doing auctions every Friday at 11am

      • Info:
        • Preview 9am-11am
        • Auction starts 11am
        • Premier Props Warehouse
            128 Sierra Street, El Segundo


The Prop Store – Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction

The auction is in England, but has a wide variety of props and costumes.  This year’s auction includes a number of items including main outfits from Alien and Predator, Austin Powers, Barb Wire, Batman, Braveheart, Captain America and more.  Online and PDF catalogs available.

Profile in History – Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Auction

Three days of auctions of movies costumes, props and memorabilia.

The whole catalog may be downloaded from a pdf once the date gets closer.

Screen Used Auctions

ScreenUsed Fall 2016 Auction

  • November 12, 2016

Buy Original Movie Costumes

Want the original costume o prop? Own a piece of cinema history. Keep in mind, they are pre-worn and some may be distressed… and you have to fit the actor’s size. Items here are changing constantly… and they’re all loaded in anticipation for Halloween. Please check with the web sites about shipping time if you’re buying planning to wear something to this year’s parties.

da Cat’s Best Picks for Costumes Options

This is just a very select list and personal favorites. Open to others, but picky and have to be convinced.

Best Pick for Costume Rentals

Western Costume’s Annual Halloween Costume Rental

The Ultimate spot for costumes from the famous and infamous. Western Costume is normally closed to the general public but opens their doors to rent to the general public for one month a year. You pick up the costume for the month and return it after Halloween. This gives you a chance to use it at multiple parties.

So, come as early in the month as you can for the best selection. With Western Costume’s collection built from 90 years in film and television costuming, you can be anything you wish. You may actually rent the costumes used in films and TV shows you have loved — everything from “Happy Days” to “Cleopatra”, any era from Caveman to Spaceman.

  • Info: 818-508-2147,
    • Pick out and pickup costumes any time in October, 2017
    • return costumes after Halloween
      • 10am-6pm. Closed Sundays.
  • 11041 Vanowen St., North Hollywood. Just W of Vineland. Enter from the rear for the Halloween Store.
  • Costumers rentals start at $45, security deposit must be backed by a credit card.

Best Pick for Buying Ready-made Halloween Costumes

The Halloween Club

Bag Costumes as well as Costume Accessories and Haunt Accessories

This is a year round giant store for everything Halloween. The main store located in North Orange County. 2nd store is father up the 5 freeway in Los Angeles. At Halloween, they now open satellite stores. Check their website for all the locations

The Halloween Club has a truly amazing amount of costumes and props… everything from inexpensive to trust-fund baby’s party level.

  • Costumes are the standard Halloween “bag costumes” – everything from discount to deluxe plus. Large selection of Adult, Kids and Large Size costumes. Also carry some high end outfits that don’t deserve to be called “bag costumers”, but are packaged that way to simplify selling. ie, carry everything.
    • Aisles of Costumes: Kids, Women, Men, Plus, Specialty high end
    • Many latex mask
    • Great makeup and quick prosthetic section.
    • Wall of Costume Wigs
    • Hats!
    • Enough props to build your own haunted house… or at least graveyard.
    • Black light, day-glo
  • Shop early, if possible. Open very late this time of year. This place can be a total zoo in October, but if you want selection, this is the place.
    • Worth it
  • Their website is NOW ACTIVE: info: 800-4 SPOOKY.
  • Store locations
    • (open all year)
    • Montebello – Main Location
      • 5 Freeway at Garfield
      • 7107 Telegraph Rd, Montebello – 323.426.226
    • La Mirada
      • 5 Freeway at Valley View
      • 14447 Firestone Blvd, La Mirada – 714.367.0859
    • Buena Park Mall
      • (Near Footlocker)
      • 8360 On the Mall, Buena Park
    • Check their website for all the locations

Best Pick for Buying “Stuff” to Make Your Own Quality Costume

Dragonmarsh – A Historical Store

Their website ( ) has some accessories, fabric and trim up, but not the costumes. You need to check out their store in person to see their wonderful selection.

  • In store selection of custom-made Renaissance Costumes, Medieval Costumes and Fantasy Costumes
  • Selection of Medieval and Renaissance style fabrics – Tapestry to silk.
  • Whimsical fantasy prints.
  • Pirate Flags! Harry Potter costume accessories. Renaissance costume accessories and jewelry.
  • Historic trim selection
  • Boning, specialty patterns, heavy duty grommets and more supplies for making costumes.
  • Want a custom costume? Place your order early.
  • Info: http://www.dragonmarsh.comor 915-276-1116
    • 3643 University Ave., Riverside, (heart of old town Riverside),
    • Just SW of the 60/91 freeways

AlterYears, for the Costumer

Their web site ( ) is incomplete has only a few examples of their patterns, but they have many more in store.
This store in the San Gabriel valley specializes in historical patterns (and books). (da stuff you need for making your own high quality costumes.

Note: the physical store has closed and they have gone to will-call and mail-order only… plan ahead and call in your order – 626-569-9919.
Also carry a number of hard to find costume accessories including hoop skirts, gloves, corsets, corset supplies and boning.

Find out which events AlterYears will be attending:  


Want more info on making costumes? Checkout out Boo News for daCat’s Favorite Resource Links for Costumes

Best Pick for Accessories / Make-up

Cinema Secrets – Halloween Makeup and Effects

Wonderful make-up and special effects from the Studio City store. While most of the year they cater to the film industry, they go all out during this season to bring high class make-up effects to the masses. They pack their store wall to wall for Halloween. Makeup, hair products, costumes, accessories and costumes: September and October.

  • Info: 818-846-0579
    • 4400 Riverside Dr., Burbank
    • If you want profession makeup done for a special party, make an appointment well in advance.
  • Their web store has a sampling of their offerings: – makeup, Woochie (professional quality latex appliances) and costumes. Much more in their store.

Wilshire Wigs – High Quality Wigs

This great wig store is actually in North Hollywood. Over 10,000 square feet.

  • Info: 5241 Craner Ave, North Hollywood, CA, 818-761-9447, north east of Magnolia and Vineland.
    • Nice large web store –
      • Beats any advertised price
      • Check out the “Costume Wigs” and “Bargain Wigs” categories for Halloween hair.
    • They carry everything from serious wigs to insane day-glow to theatrical. (However, if you’re looking for the $12 last-one-evening wigs – go to a party store instead.)
      • Custom wigs and wig pieces can be made by their folk
    • Love their prices. Special pricing for schools and group purchase.

Stats – Costume your Home

This store is a wonderful place to find Halloween decorations. You’ll find idea and quality that’s a couple of steps up from what’s in every party store. It will give your house and yard a more creepy lived in feel, instead of feeling you’re just surrounded by cheesy plastic. They have lots of great decorating ideas.

Now has some items in their online store.

  • Locations:
    • See maps at
      • Pasadena – 120 S. Raymond Ave. (1 bk south of Colorado Blvd) 626-795-9308 This is the original store and the size of a warehouse

Local Suggestions for costume stores

Ok, don’t have time to get to these places and still need costume accessories….

  • Your local Party Store
    • This time of year, they’re have filled will costumes…. but shop early. They run out and become a zoo
  • Thrift Stores
    • Shop early at thrift stores to avoid the crowds and best picks.
    • they also set up their stores to help you find bits for your perfect vintage costume.
    • great for acquiring your Zombie garb to thrash and splash.
  • Pick up a copy of the LA Weekly – they have hoards of adds for costume shops and often have discount coupons.
  • Check the club listing, they often have a “favorite” store and local discounts.

Do go early as possible for best selections and less lines.

Costume Resource Links

Some of da Cat’s favorites Costume Links.

Costuming links and resources on

Costume Link Sites, great stops in the internet super-highway….

Costume Ideas elsewhere…

  • ??? Knowledge Hound’s Costume Links– all kinds of ideas and links including…
    • inexpensive costumes
    • costumes for those with disabilities
    • kids and babies
    • cat costumes & other animal costumes
  • Costume Idea Zone
    • Costumes idea with a “punch line”.

Da Graveyard….

Stuff that we can’t get current info on, or has been canceled… and a few choice nibbles of past fun.

Beauty and the Creep Costume Faire – Halloween Club

Halloween Club presents a day of costumes and Halloween fun.  Leg Avenue Costume Show – showcasing Halloween 2014 costumes, Knott’s Scary Farm Monster Greet, Makeup Artists, Costume Designers, Costume Makers, Music, Giveaways, Halloween Decor, Knott’s Berry Farm lunch truck & more!  30% off sale day of show.

Contests – see full Original Costume Contest here! Cosplayers welcome!

HallowlineTextile, Costume & Clothing Show

Antique fabric, vintage yardage, quilts, hats, shoes, buttons, beads, laces, ethnic clothing, Victorian whites, vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, etc.


Sunday, September 29, 2013


Admission: $8 / Early buyers 8am admission $20

Modern Vintage

5737 Kanan Rd, PMB #294, Agoura Hills

Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915 – LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art present a selection of the museum’s recent groundbreaking acquisition of a major collection of European men’s, women’s, and children’s garments and accessories. The exhibition will tell the story of fashion’s aesthetic and technical development from the Age of Enlightenment to World War I. It will examine the sweeping changes that occurred in fashionable dress spanning a period of over two hundred years, with a fascinating look at the details of luxurious textiles, exacting tailoring techniques, and lush trimmings
Info: or 323-857-6000
October 2, 2010–April 3, 2011
12-8 M/T/Th, Closed Wednesday, 12-9 F, 11-8 S/S
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Tickets: TBA

Star Trek The Exhibition: Where Science Meets Science Fiction

Forty years of imagination, artistry and meticulous craftsmanship that together have made the Star Trek legacy history. This is the largest collection of artifacts, sets and information ever put on public display. A large array of exhibits, featuring sets, costumes, museum pieces and props from all five Star Trek television series and ten Star Trek feature films. Check out the virtual tour description,

Detailed tour description, Tour will also visit aprox 20 other North American cities over the next 5 years.
At the Metropolitan Showcase
3800 Main Street (Corner of Main Street and University Avenue)
June 19, 2010 – February 28, 2011
Excludes holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
$15 Adults, $12 Children/Seniors (65+)
No photography
While you’re there, catch Dragonmarsh, almost across the street.