Kerry Washington Styles 2016

AS WE RESTOCK OUR COCKTAIL CARTS FOR THE final season of Mad Men, many of us are fantasizing about vintage fashion. Then there’s Kerry Washington’s killer style. One of my recent Scandal binges was driven as much by Olivia Pope’s sartorial choices as it was by her savvy political strategy Envying the closets ofyour favourite television and film characters has become a national pastime, and thanks to an exploding market for Hollywood fashion and memorabilia, it has become easier for anyone to purchase a piece right off the set.

Film influences how we dress, who we aspire to be like and what women wear, says Joe Maddalena, president and CEO of the Los Angeles-based auction house Profiles in History, which specializes in selling film studio assets and collectibles, including costumes, sketches and props, through public auctions each related to a specific film or collection. Past auctions include Captain America: The First Avenger and all six seasons of ABC’s Lost, and the estate of the late, great filmmaker Orson Welles is scheduled later thisyear. Down the block from the Warner Bros. lot, It’s A Wrap! is the ultimate Hollywood consignment store for those whose fashion budget is more haute bargain than highest bidder. Designer labels like Prada, Armani, Valentino and Donna Karan mingle with everything from Halloween costumes to wedding dresses.

We take everything [the studios] have to give us, says owner Tiara Nappi, who took the business over from her mother, Janet Dion, some 20years ago. This often includes designer menswear, children’s clothing and plus sizes, depending on the series or the star power attached. At their Burbank store (there is a second location in Westside), all items are marked with a production code index, showing pieces from TV shows like Cougar Town or Grey’s Anatomy mixed with entire racks devoted to recently ended cult hits like Breaking Bad and True Blood all affordably priced. It’s between 50 to 90 per cent off retail, says Nappi, adding that the average price is $12 to $15. Things can go up to the thousands, but we also have things for a buck. On a recent visit, I spied a vintage Claude Montana dress ($100) and blouses from the show Trophy Wife ($20) hanging alongside Rocky s original Stars and Stripes boxing shorts and Pamela Anderson’s red Baywatch swimsuit.

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