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Western Costume Company, America's Largest Costume Shop, has acquired the renowned Dykeman-Young Costume Collection
(October 13, 2009) Los Angeles.  It has been announced by Eddie Marks, President of the Western Costume Company, that the company has acquired the famed Dykeman-Young costume collection, the extraordinary resource for film and theater designers.

Western Costume Company, America's largest costume shop, is the oldest motion picture business in Hollywood, doing business under the same name since 1912, outdating any studio or production company.  Placing the Dykeman-Young collection with Western, further enhances the respected inventory of the Hollywood institution.

Marks said, "We are thrilled and proud that we can welcome the Dykeman-Young Collection to our growing resources here in Los Angeles, keeping with our mandate to continually invest in building the Western Costume Company.  Finding a large collection of quality like this, that has been so immaculately maintained, is extremely rare."

Located in Jamestown, New York, the Dykeman-Young collection is known for an impressive inventory of elegant evening wear, but also contains daytime wear, character wear, and 20th century work wear.  Dating from the early 20th century through the 1970s, the collection also features an impressive selection of clothing from America's great depression.  An estimated 50,000 items are represented.

Some of the films and television series that have drawn from the Dykeman-Young collection, include Across the Universe, American Gangster, Casino, Chicago, Doubt, Forrest Gump, Frida, Goodfellas, Hairspray, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, John Adams, Mad Men, Memoirs of a Geisha, NINE, No Country For Old Men, The Shawshank Redemption, Sweeney Todd, Taking Woodstock, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Walk the Line, among many others.

Academy Award-winning costume designer Ann Roth (The English Patient) described the Dykeman-Young collection as "high quality...genuinely authentic...with fabulous variety."  Designer Albert Wolsky (Oscars for Bugsy and All That Jazz) points out, "I wouldn't think of doing a period picture without visiting the Dykeman-Young collection.  It's a secure, 'go to' resource - in mint condition."
The Western Costume Company is owned by Bill Haber and Eddie Marks.  Since 1992, the company has acquired the Dorothy Weaver’s SourceIII, Helen Larson and Patricia Norris' Private Collection and recently an outstanding collection representing the Napoleonic era.  The remarkable range and size of the Western Costume Company is why it is regarded as a leader in costume houses around the globe.
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