Hi, I'm Angela Hinton the founder and president of Telly Costumes, Inc. I just wanted to take a moment and share with you the back story about how the nonprofit, Telly Costumes, Inc. came to be.
The nonprofit started when...nope, I should go back a little further. Rewind back to the 4 year old mini-me who used to crawl up into her grandfather's lap and watch a myriad of Shirley Temple films. That ignited a passion for classic films I still have today. I remember at age 4 seeing a pair of Dorothy's ruby red slippers from The Wizard of OZ on display and how in real life the shoes sparkled in a slightly darker color than the film. Something about interacting with something from that production's world was special - it was like someone opened up the visual storybook (the film) and let us experience part of that world. To me there was something enchanting about seeing artifacts from films and movie. That "enchantment" led to collecting.
Fast-forward to the present. Although I don't have a pair of those ruby red slippers, over the years I've collected some beautiful movie and television props and wardrobe. Mostly I'd collected classic, pre-1960s era entertainment, however, one day that all changed. I had just finished watching a movie from the 1930s called Thoroughbreds Don't Cry and when I switched to satellite TV and a show called Austin and Ally was on live. I had watched the show before, but in that moment something hit me.
In an around and about way, the actor and singer, Ross Lynch, inspired me to start this nonprofit. First, let me be clear that he is in NO WAY CONNECTED TO, NOR ENDORSE, THIS NONPROFIT, he literally just inspired me...which I'll explain. That day as I watched his character, Austin, in an episode of Austin and Ally, I noticed he was wearing a silver necklace with a headphone charm on it - it almost looked like a wishbone. I started thinking about how cool it was that something so subtle gives the audience an extra visual cue that Austin is a rock star and what a perfect representation the necklace was of the production design of Austin and Ally. That inspired me to do a little digging.
Through a random series of events, I ended up tracking down the place where a lot of the Austin and Ally and other Disney Channel and Nickelodeon productions' wardrobes were sent. (Oh, in case you're wondering, no, I never found that headphone necklace.) As I'm looking through the wardrobe, it hit me. "If I'm finding these things," I thought, "it means nobody else is." I know that seems like a "duh" statement, but the weight of the statement slowly sunk into my brain. Nobody would get to see these fabulous costumes up close. Nobody would ever get to interact with that production's world. Some things are worth saving and preserving. I started this nonprofit to help museums from around the world give families a chance to see costumes from shows and films with which they're familiar.