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Thrift Store Marketplace Thrilling Launches Service to Help Costume Designers Source Looks Secondhand

Thrilling costume designer services

Thrilling, an online marketplace for vintage and secondhand shops, has launched Vintage Studio Services to help stylists, costume designers and production companies source vintage and secondhand items for TV and film projects.

Costume designers and stylists can use the service to quickly and easily source secondhand and vintage looks from nearly 1,000 thrift and consignment shops across the U.S., encouraging eco-friendly practices in an industry that spends nearly $1 billion a year on new clothing.

To champion the new offering, Thrilling has named costume designer Ruth E. Carter — who was the first African American to win an Oscar for costume design, for her work on Black Panther — as its first-ever brand ambassador. Carter will appear in a new campaign wearing vintage styles inspired by her 40+ film projects, and has pledged to utilize Thrilling’s Vintage Studio Services in her upcoming projects for 2022. 

“As a former media executive, I know how hard stylists and costume designers work to find the right clothing to tell a compelling story,” said Shilla Kim-Parker, Co-founder of Thrilling in a statement. “I also know that productions can save time, money, energy and the environment by committing to sourcing vintage first for their costume needs. We hope more stakeholders join us in helping make their productions more sustainable and supporting the small independent shops that are the heart of our company.” 

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The expansion of resale platforms into professional industries like costume design reflects the growing momentum behind the recommerce movement. In late 2021, resale platform ThredUP partnered with the costume designers of Sex and the City to source outfits for the series reboot and offer customers SATC-inspired secondhand styles.

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