It’s a Wrap Production Wardrobe has the feel of a sound stage, from the props to the film and TV memorabilia that hang from the rafters and on the walls. And its many racks of apparel for men, women and children come straight from the wardrobe departments of the major motion picture studios and independent production companies. Most are one of a kind.
Since It’s a Wrap went into business in 1993, it has grown from a space of 1,200 square feet to just under 7,000 square feet, and its inventory is high in quality. Even if the script calls for the leading actor to roll around on a desert floor or hang from cliffs, he does it in a quality shirt. In action scenes, a duplicate garment is provided as a backup, and often is never worn. All of which makes It’s a Wrap a great source for the quality-minded bargain-shopper.
Another point to consider is that production wardrobes are selected by professional costume designers--skilled shoppers who have selected these garments and accessories with a trained eye for fashion, color, fabric and texture.
Some of the current deals include a women’s leather jacket from the wardrobe department of the ABC-TV soap opera “One Life to Live,” with the original $1,000 hangtag from Bergdorf-Goodman, and a new price of $100. A women’s rayon sweater from “Melrose Place,” which originally sold for $600, was marked $65. Both had never been worn.
From Donna Karan and ABC’s “All My Children” was a women’s suit that originally sold for $1,400. After being briefly worn on the set, it is now $200. An incredible burgundy silk blouse by Romeo Gigli, originally marked $2,245, was picked up by the “Loving” costumer when it was reduced to $565 and is now $65. Now that’s a bargain!
Men, too, can find some outstanding deals. One Sulka suit from ABC’s “The Boys Are Back” retailed for $1,500 but will move fast at $300. An Armani jacket that sold for $850 is $195. A jacket from Linea Dominza that retails for $375 is $150. A multicolored Krizia sweater that originally sold for $425 is marked $60.
And don’t overlook the accessories, some worn and some used only as props. An actor, for example, would only carry the briefcase--not stuff papers in it. The same would go for handbags. Both the briefcases and handbags range from $3 to $45.
The shoes, of course, have been worn, but for seldom more than a few days. A large shipment from ABC’s “General Hospital” has arrived with names in women’s shoes from Donna Karan, Via Spiga and Nordstrom. For men, look for Giorgio Brutini, Rudolpho Valentino, Rockport and Nike tennis shoes. All are priced between $10 and $45.
The size range in apparel for men is wide, but it’s limited to sizes 2 to 10 for women, with a few exceptions.
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What: It’s a Wrap Production Wardrobe.
Location: 3315 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, till 4 p.m. Sunday.
Cards: Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
Call: (818) 567-7366.