Most of the original costumes from A Christmas Story still exist nearly 25 years after the movie was filmed. They were discovered in the Thunder Thighs Costumes warehouse by Tyler Schwartz and Jordie Smits while filming the documentary Road Trip for Ralphie. The costumes and script with polaroid pictures from the set were had been kept by Lynda Kemp the wardrobe supervisor for A Christmas Story. The costumes were acquired by A Christmas Story Museum in early 2008 and are currently on rotating display at he Museum. Included in the collection are the kids jackets, hats, caps and pants, the Parker’s clothes from Christmas morning, Randy’s snowsuit, the Black Bart shirts, the chinese waiter outfits, and even the costumes from the deleted Flash Gordon scene along with many others.
Below are some pictures of the costumes in the warehouse before they were brought to A Christmas Story Museum.
A Christmas Story costumes on the rack for transport to the Museum
A Christmas Story House owner Brian Jones with the costumes
A Christmas Story House Executive Director, Steven Siedlecki with the costumes
Left to Right: Steven Siedlecki, Lynda Kemp, Brian Jones, Jordie Smits
The Thunder Thighs Costumes warehouse was enormous. It took two full days to locate all the costumes.
Thunder Thighs Costumes entrance on 16 Busy Street, Toronto, ON, Canada
Lynda Kemp is listed as the “Wardrobe Supervisor” in the credits of A Christmas Story. Her’s is the third name down in the second group of names.