SOURCE: Costume World Austin

October 06, 2009 16:26 ET

Costume World Is Putting Down Roots in Austin

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - October 6, 2009) - On October 6, 2009, Costume World will celebrate the opening of their fifth and newest costume house located at 8207 Burnet Road in the heart of Austin, Texas.

Company CEO and Founder Marilynn Wick handpicked Austin as the next location based on its exceptional family culture, artistic lifestyle, regional location, and prediction for growth. "It only took one visit to Austin to know that this was the place to open a new store. I loved the city's energy and zest for life. I knew immediately that a Costume World store in this energizing cultural climate would fit right in," says Wick. "Austinites are sure to appreciate our incredible inventory and will fully comprehend the artistry involved in producing each piece."

With five thriving locations in the Costume World chain, centrally located Austin was a natural addition to this ever-growing company. As an industry leader, Costume World is the largest holder of theatrical costumes with over 35 original Broadway wardrobes in stock, a successful e-commerce site that services the nation and beyond, and the only Broadway Museum housing one-of-a-kind original collections in the country. This new landmark will cater to the ever-growing theatrical community, churches, universities, high schools, regional theatres, corporate and party planners, the film and entertainment industry and, of course, Halloween.

With a location in Dallas for over 20 years, Costume World is already familiar with the "bigger than life" Texas way of doing things. Kimberly Wick, Vice President, is keenly aware of the artistic flare Austin has to offer. "I am convinced that the exciting artisans and the growing entertainment industry will certainly benefit from our vast resources."

Marilynn Wick and her Costume World story were featured in People magazine and NBC's "Today" show. Her true-to-life saga made headlines when a local writer penned the story of Marilynn's ever-growing, custom-made Santa Claus suit business (People Magazine, 2005). The rest, as they say, is history. An incredible vision and a small, storefront costume shop has become the nation's leader in the costume industry.

In 2005, Costume World purchased the inventory of Dodger Costumes in New York City and Stage Holding of Amsterdam. This inventory housed the highly coveted historic wardrobe of Eaves-Brooks and a bevy of original Broadway costumes. While the Costume World collection is firmly footed in the theatrical arena, it also houses over a mile of vintage and reproduction 20th century wardrobe perfectly suited to the film and television industry.

The Costume World Broadway Collection and Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida displays many historic pieces belonging to such luminaries as Mae West in "Diamond Lil," Warren Beatty in "Dick Tracy," Madonna as Eva Peron in "Evita," Kevin Costner in "Wyatt Earp," Sarah Jessica Parker in "Once Upon a Mattress," Nathan Lane in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and costumes made especially for Judy Garland. The Broadway Collection is constantly rotating its exhibits through the Costume World stores, so you can always expect to find a treasure on display at the Burnet Road, Austin location.

Costume World is proud of its history and contributions to the industry it so loves. Just like its locations in Pittsburgh, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale and Deerfield Beach, it will be an addition to the Austin landscape that will endure and thrive for years to come.

Contact Information

    Marilynn A. Wick
    Founder and CEO