About

Center Stage
Clothiers

Meet Diana Kirkpatrick

Diana Kirkpatrick

Center Stage Clothiers LLC is owned by Diana Cannon Kirkpatrick, a Vancouver based costume designer and seamstress who has worked as wardrobe/costume designer on eight independent feature films produced and filmed in the Portland/Vancouver area. She has also done costume design and sewing for local community theaters including Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, Christian Youth Theater, Portland Opera and the Northwest Senior Theater. As time allows and the dust settles from the opening her new store, Diana will be offering custom costume design services as well as alterations on purchases made in the store or your own garments! Stay tuned…

The Story of How It Began

Center Stage Clothiers LLC was born out of a serendipitous meeting between owner, Diana Kirkpatrick, and David Johnson, the husband of the late Kristin Jager Johnson, Costume Designer, whom our store is dedicated to. Diana refers to this meeting as a “God wink!”

The majority of Kristin’s career was spent as the Costume Designer for both Central Catholic and Jesuit High Schools in Portland, OR. In her almost 20 years in this role, she designed and created a huge collection of theatrical costumes, as well as accumulated an abundance of vintage apparel through her savvy thrift store and resale shopping sprees! After years of creating and acquiring such a collection, Kristin moved all of her costumes into a local storage facility so she could store, organize and pull from for the schools’ performances. After 15 years, her inventory grew to fill three separate storage units!

Following her untimely death in 2017, after a battle with cancer, her husband, David, was left wondering what to do with three storage units full of her beautiful costumes! He checked with the high schools but was told they had no space for storage. After stopping into Give and Take Resale he was given Diana’s business card as a possible contact for figuring out the fate of Kristin’s costume inventory.

Kristin Johnson was the major reason for Diana to begin Center Stage Clothiers. The store is dedicated in loving memory to her spirit and love of the arts and theater.

Upon setting up a meeting at the storage facility and after seeing all the filled-to-capacity clothing racks hanging from floor to ceiling, Diana and David agreed that Kristin’s beautiful work needed to be back out in the community and not hidden behind a metal roll up door!

After going home and discussing it with her husband, Jim, the idea for opening a costume and vintage apparel rental shop was born…

In the days that followed, Diana purchased from David all three storage units full of apparel and accessories and registered “Center Stage Clothiers LLC” with the state of Washington. She soon found a perfect space in downtown Vancouver and, with the never-ending help of her husband, created their beautiful shop that opened for business in January 2018!

In loving memory of
Kristin Jager Johnson
December 29, 1954 – July 27, 2017

Meet Diana Kirkpatrick

Diana Kirkpatrick

Center Stage Clothiers LLC is owned by Diana Cannon Kirkpatrick, a Vancouver based costume designer and seamstress who has worked as wardrobe/costume designer on eight independent feature films produced and filmed in the Portland/Vancouver area. She has also done costume design and sewing for local community theaters including Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, Christian Youth Theater, Portland Opera and the Northwest Senior Theater. As time allows and the dust settles from the opening her new store, Diana will be offering custom costume design services as well as alterations on purchases made in the store or your own garments! Stay tuned…

The Story of How It Began

Center Stage Clothiers LLC was born out of a serendipitous meeting between owner, Diana Kirkpatrick, and David Johnson, the husband of the late Kristin Jager Johnson, Costume Designer, whom our store is dedicated to. Diana refers to this meeting as a “God wink!”

The majority of Kristin’s career was spent as the Costume Designer for both Central Catholic and Jesuit High Schools in Portland, OR. In her almost 20 years in this role, she designed and created a huge collection of theatrical costumes, as well as accumulated an abundance of vintage apparel through her savvy thrift store and resale shopping sprees! After years of creating and acquiring such a collection, Kristin moved all of her costumes into a local storage facility so she could store, organize and pull from for the schools’ performances. After 15 years, her inventory grew to fill three separate storage units!

Following her untimely death in 2017, after a battle with cancer, her husband, David, was left wondering what to do with three storage units full of her beautiful costumes! He checked with the high schools but was told they had no space for storage. After stopping into Give and Take Resale he was given Diana’s business card as a possible contact for figuring out the fate of Kristin’s costume inventory.

Upon setting up a meeting at the storage facility and after seeing all the filled-to-capacity clothing racks hanging from floor to ceiling, Diana and David agreed that Kristin’s beautiful work needed to be back out in the community and not hidden behind a metal roll up door!

After going home and discussing it with her husband, Jim, the idea for opening a costume and vintage apparel rental shop was born…

In the days that followed, Diana purchased from David all three storage units full of apparel and accessories and registered “Center Stage Clothiers LLC” with the state of Washington. She soon found a perfect space in downtown Vancouver and, with the never-ending help of her husband, created their beautiful shop that opened for business in January 2018!
Kristin Johnson was the major reason for Diana to begin Center Stage Clothiers. The store is dedicated in loving memory to her spirit and love of the arts and theater.

In loving memory of
Kristin Jager Johnson
December 29, 1954 – July 27, 2017

Say Hello!

Have a question or comment? Please let us know.

Have an Event?

Make a memory with your friends, family, or business.

Time to Rent!

Get a gown, tux, or exquisite costume for a party or movie!

Jim Kirkpatrick Artwork

The artwork you see on the walls of our store, both murals and fine art on canvas, are the work of Diana’s husband, Jim Kirkpatrick, a retired Sign Painter/Artist. You can see more of his artwork, along with contact information by visiting his website at www.kirkpatrickart.com.

Something for everyone here. Magical items everywhere.

Nancy Robe

How much do we love this place? the answer is “so very much!!!”

Rebekah Sharpe

She makes the best cosplays no matter the challenge I give her!

Rachel Agon