Miami’s Iconic ABC Costume Shop Is Closing. The Owner Blames Skyrocketing Rent.

Jun 13, 2019

The first time Gloria Estefan stepped onto The Tonight Show, she wore a form-hugging gold metallic dress designed to sparkle in the stage lights and open-toed platform heels evoking Carmen Miranda. The fashion genius behind her eye-catching entrance: Franco Carretti, owner of Miami’s ABC Costume Shop.

Those were better times. After 39 years of running ABC, Carretti is about to close his doors, another victim of Wynwood’s skyrocketing rents. Every last mermaid tail, medieval armor, feather headdress, sequined matador vest, animal-print caveman outfit, Wookie and starship uniform is being auctioned online; the sale ends 8 p.m. Sunday.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.