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The Costumer Celebrates Its 100th Birthday



The Costumer will be celebrating 100 Years of Community, Customers and Colleagues on September 24, 2017 between 1-4pm. Invited guests will be given a unique opportunity to preview “Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany: 19th Century Fashion from the Albany Institute Collection”, which opens October 7, 2017.

Erik Johnsen, Owner and President, said, “We are delighted to celebrate our Centennial while paying tribute to our scholastic theatre customer relationships that have spanned decades, along with the colleagues that make those enduring relationships possible. To be able to do so at the Albany Institute, a key partner of ours in the community, is icing on our birthday cake. The Costumer has been providing technical support on the upcoming Victorian exhibit, so we are excited to offer a preview to our guests. We are also proud to mark this milestone during the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New York. Our founder, Mrs. Anna White, started this business before winning that right.”

The Costumer has been a major force in the costume industry since 1917, involved in everything from Vaudeville to films. Our two retail locations at 1995 Central Avenue, Colonie and 1020 Barrett Street, Schenectady are open year-round for sales and rentals. We proudly serve scholastic, professional and amateur theatres nationwide through our theatrical division and collection of over 150,000 rental costumes. Find more information at www.thecostumer.com or phone us at 518-374-7442.

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