The Adventurist Guide to Downtown Las Vegas

Archive - January 2017

Goodbye to an Old Friend

For more than 60 years Ms. Nancy Williams costumed, adorned, accessorized and cared for showgirls, dancers and performers on and around the Las Vegas strip. She was a gifted dancer who not only danced in shows and modeled, she also taught the children of some infamous mobsters how to dance! Nancy used her intelligence and drive to buy a store across from the main post office (now the Mob Museum) where she was able to serve the dance and performing community for many years. When the opportunity presented itself, she sold and moved to the corner of Third Street and Colorado where Williams Costume sits today. Ms. Williams petitioned the City to have her apartment right above her store so that she could be close to her investment. She won that battle and has lived and worked in that amazing building for decades.

Anyone who has ever visited Williams Costume knows how wonderfully eclectic it is. You can get beads, feathers, hats, masks, material, sideburns, dance accessories and anything you may need to put together costumes or just your own unique look. The staff here is knowledgeable and experienced and so very kind that you will immediately feel at home.



It was such a joy for me to have met Nancy Williams. She shared wonderful stories of Vegas in the fantastic 50’s and 60’s. She was always so welcoming and had a smile on her face for every single person she met. Her love for dancers and performers is evident in every nook and cranny of her shop. There are so many photos of people, famous and not so, who have visited the store and/or shared the stage with Nancy. It is a must visit spot for anyone with an interest in Las Vegas and the entertainment industry.

Today we bid farewell to the beautiful, gifted, and generous woman who touched so many. Thanks for the memories Ms. Nancy Williams.