"We thought Titanic costumes would be the big rentals, but it looks like Bill and Monica are winning the race," said Stephen LaLiberte, rental manager at Boston Costume.
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Eric Rockwell of Seattle-area Champion Costumes says customers already are snapping up brunette wigs and berets.
As impeachment hearings move forward in Washington, stores around the country are fielding requests for costumes of President Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, and Linda Tripp.
"We're getting lots of requests," said Claire Olerich, owner of the Costume Gallery in Derry, N.H., noting customers are disappointed when they can't find masks bearing Lewinsky's likeness.
There are wigs to match some of Lewinsky's oft-changing hairstyles. There are dark-hued berets like the ones she wore in those brief meetings with Clinton, captured on videotape in meet-and-greet receiving lines. And there are the cigars.
"People even want the tie," said Marilynn Wick, owner of the Fort-Lauderdale, Fla.-based chain Costume World, referring to one of the gifts the former White House intern gave the president.