About the Aquisition
In the spring of 1998, Amsterdam-based Dodger Costumes and Stage Holdings acquired Eaves-Brooks Costume Company, originally founded in 1863. The acquisition made Dodger the most successful theatrical wardrobe provider in the United States—garnering thirty-eight Tony awards for costume design in their impressive history.
A series of financial setbacks and poor reviews for their productions of Dracula, The Musical and Good Vibrations forced the liquidation of their vast wardrobe collection. These signature costumes numbered well over one-half million pieces and were from many of the company’s award-winning plays including Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The Music Man and The King and I. After 142 years in New York, the collection was sold to Costume World Founder & CEO, Marilynn A. Wick in 2005 and the entire wardrobe was packaged and shipped to Florida in just ten days.
The historical significance of the wardrobe became apparent as each costume was unboxed. The collection represented the work of many of the finest costume designers, drapers, seamstresses and tailors in the industry whose body of work spanned over 100 years of designs for the American theatre. It was then that the Wick’s conceived of the idea of restoring the wardrobe and placing on display to the public.
The first museum opened in Pompano Beach in 2010. The collection was moved to its permanent home at the Wick in 2013.
The 2016-2017 Exhibit