EDDIE MARKS, President

Eddie Marks began his costuming career in 1965 at MGM Studios. He went freelance after three years, and eventually became the Costume Supervisor on the hit TV series “Streets of San Francisco,” starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. In 1987, Eddie received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costuming for a Mini Series or Special for his work on the CBS-MOW “Shakedown on Sunset Strip,” a 1950’s L.A. crime drama. He served as Costume Supervisor on an impressive list of films, including “Melvin and Howard,” “Taps,” “All the Right Moves,” “Revenge of the Nerds,” “Christmas Vacation,” “Dead Poets Society,” and “Postcards From the Edge.”

Like so many Western employees, Eddie’s first association with the company came when he utilized its services as a costumer. In 1989, he was hired as Senior Vice President, and two years later was promoted to President of the company.

During Eddie’s twenty-plus years as President, Western has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious costume houses in the world. Eddie supervised the company’s 1992 massive move from Melrose Avenue to its current location on Vanowen Street in North Hollywood. He has overseen the growth of Western’s uniform department, as well as acquired some of America’s most admired private clothing collections for Western’s stock. A member of Local 705, Eddie has also volunteered his time serving on the Motion Picture Costumers Union Executive Board, where he helped negotiate contracts between producers and costumers.

Married to Debby in 1977, they have two boys, Branden and Garrett. Branden is a third generation costumer and Garrett a producer. They also have a grandson named, Aiden.

In 1982, Debby and Eddie started a rental wardrobe trailer business called, “Rag Van Rentals,” which they still operate today.

MONICA ALLEGRO, Purchasing Agent

Monica Allegro, head of Western’s Purchasing Department, describes herself as a “detective using her years of research skills and a vast network of resources to find the unfindable.”

Prior to purchasing in the costuming business, Monica was a purchaser in the highly demanding aerospace industry. Need gold buttons for a lady’s dress, circa 1900, London? No problem for Monica compared to securing parts for the space shuttle.

Monica joined Western in 1994 and has made an industry name for herself as a buyer who will virtually go to the ends of the earth to satisfy her customers. When the film, “Tropic Thunder” needed eight identical Hmong jackets, Monica found them through a source in Southeast Asia. In 2004, Western was tasked with creating historically accurate uniforms for Disney's film, “The Alamo,” “I found a gentleman who’s a part-time archeologist and had just located authentic pieces from the Mexican Army uniforms right in his Texas backyard,” shares Monica. “He was kind enough to overnight me the findings from his dig and we had these recreated to the actual dimensions.” Where else in L.A. can a costumer find a buyer who works such purchasing magic?

LEIGHTON BOWERS, Research Library & Archive

From a 5th grade paper on Civil War uniforms to a college term paper on Elizabethan sumptuary laws, Leighton has been doing costume research as long as she can remember. After graduating from Grinnell College with a BA in History, she went on to earn an MFA in Costume Design from UCLA, during which time she worked as a research assistant to Deborah Nadoolman Landis on her book Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design. She subsequently worked as an Assistant Costume Designer on feature films, including Captain America: The First Avenger and Goosebumps, before coming to work at Western Costume in 2014.

BOBBI CONSTANTINE, Operations Manager

Bobbi Constantine has spent over twenty five years at Western Costume, making our customers jobs as easy as possible.

Bobbi's background is in accounting and business operation management. She started in Western's Accounts Payable and Payroll division and assisted the CEO. She then became the key person at the cash reception desk, which greatly benefited from her accounting background, organization skills, as well as her emphasis on customer service, which has always been her top priority.

As Operations Manager, Bobbi handles calls from clients in need of civilian costumes. These clients can be local, out of state or out of the country, and include costumers, stylists, photographers, advertising and casting agencies, event planners, and private rentals. Bobbi says, "I am able to assist our customers with their accounts, placing their orders and quoting out jobs. I see the orders through from A to Z, from when the order is placed to when it goes out the door."

Bobbi and Western Costume Company's recent costumers have been a part of Orange is The New Black, LA Bachelor's Ball, American Horror Story, Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Once Upon A Time, Boardwalk Empire, Saturday Night Live, Deadwood, Cosmos, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Comic Con, to name just a few!

KURT COX, Uniform Specialist

Before joining the Western Costume family eighteen years ago, Kurt’s eclectic background included riding horses in films, making saddles, and a brief stint in advertising. Kurt has authored several books on 19th century military uniforms, as well as magazine articles on the subject. He has also served as a consultant to the Autry Museum and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and curated museum displays of military uniforms at both museums.

At Western, Kurt keeps abreast of all military and civilian regulations and uniform changes. “I’m constantly trying to find what’s new and correct, “ he says. “We try to be as accurate as we can. Every cop and military uniform is as authentic as possible, from boot soles to handmade epaulets to helmets. Our goal is for you to look at a guy, and you don’t know if he’s in a movie or if he’s real.”

GILBERT MOUSSALLY, Head of Uniform and Military Department

It was a given that Gilbert Moussally would work in costumes - his father was an industry tailor and Gilbert grew up around clothes. He has since spent over two decades in the costume industry. He got his first job at American Costume, and before moving to Western, Gilbert ran the uniform department at Motion Picture Costume Co. for 10 years. His favorite aspect of the job is working directly with costumers to give the best service possible. Gilbert’s hands have been on many projects, most memorably for him are JASON BOURNE (2016), LIVE BY NIGHT (2016), and BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN (2016).


Head Tailor Jack Kasbarian, a native of Lebanon, learned his craft at a cousin’s tailor shop before moving to this country. He began his career as a coat maker at Frank Hoffer Tailoring, a prestigious Rodeo Drive bespoke shop.

Jack joined the Western Costume family twenty-seven years ago. His skills span centuries and can be seen in period films like “Hidalgo” and Disney’s “The Alamo.” Jack also crafted and supervised the building of coats and suits for the Harrison Ford film “42.” He has a special fondness for building coats. “I like to work on period suits, tailcoats, and tuxedos,” he says. “It’s challenging. And not too many people can do it.”

CHRISTINA MUNOZ, Supervisor, Womens Stock

In 2004, Christina left Make-Believe, a small company that catered mainly to the public, and joined Western Costume. She began as a regular stock person - filing, pulling, and sizing clothes. When her predecessor departed, Christina was the logical choice to run the department.

Christina takes meticulous care of her collection and has streamlined Women’s Stock, making it a breeze for costumers to pull whatever they need. “I labeled everything and made it user-friendly,” she explains. “I’ve color-coded each decade so costumers know where to find each piece.”

The hit TV series “Mad Men” shows the beautiful results of Christina’s labors, as do the recent movies “Django Unchained” and “Dark Shadows.” Christina also handles all the Halloween rentals at Western.


Mauricio Osorio, a master leather artisan, brought his extraordinary skills to Western Costume over thirty years ago. A native of El Salvador, shoemaking is a family tradition for Mauricio – his grandfather, father, and five brothers all share the same trade.

Mauricio trained at his family’s shoe factory for five years, then immigrated to America in 1973. He worked at a number of shoe factories before joining the Western Costume family in 1978. Mauricio can make anything in leather - from shoes and boots, to belts, handbags, and dresses. This talented artist can even make metal armor and jewelry.

Though piecework is customary in modern shoemaking, Mauricio’s shoes are constructed as one complete process which is what makes Western Costume’s world-class Custom Shoe department so unique. Mauricio and his team can take a pair of shoes from sketch to street. Their footwear has been featured in films like “True Grit,” “Cowboys and Aliens,” and “Captain America.” Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neill are just a few of the lucky stars shod by Mauricio and company.

“Every customer is different and my goal is to make each one happy,” says Mauricio.