Ever wondered what happens to the numerous outfits worn by actors in a film?
After filming, the costumes either go back to the studio or they are given as gifts to people involved in the film making process. If it goes back to the studio, then the studio keeps it forever. If it is given out as gifts, then it remains in the private owner’s hands until they sell it.
Only rarely are the costumes given or sold to the actors who wore them. Some stars have it in their contracts, but basically, since the costumes are paid for by the production, the production owns them, and consider them assets. They don’t always want the cost of warehousing them afterwards, and as many films are made in association with a studio, like Warner Bros, they often go into their huge rental facilities for future income. Stars costumes are sometimes archived, if they are important costumes and can be used for publicity or exhibits. Sadly, the costume designers who created the original costumes have no ownership rights, and seldom get to keep any of them