Helen Uffner’s private vintage collection outfits Hollywood

Davida Erdahl

Costume designer Ann Roth constructed Viola Davis’ remarkable Jazz Age wardrobe for her position as the true-lifetime blues singer Ma Rainey in “Ma Rainey’s Black Base.” (She had Chadwick Boseman’s natty three-piece fit created, also.)

But Roth — who is nominated for a Ideal Costume Style Oscar for the movie — had to dress more than 100 extras and supporting players in reliable nineteen twenties garb. So she did what so numerous costume designers do when they need to have time period clothes: She turned to vintage collector Helen Uffner.

“I rented one hundred fifty five attire for that film — and heaps of men’s suits,” mentioned Uffner, a 72-calendar year-outdated manner lover who has supplied pieces for some 1,000 movies, theater productions and other jobs in the earlier forty three a long time.

Her huge costume-rental warehouse, in Extended Island Town, features some 100,000 pieces spanning the 1860s to

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