Theatrical costume makers and designers undertake or coordinate the design, manufacture and purchase of costumes for television, film and stage productions.
Personal requirements of a Theatrical Costume Maker and Designer
- knowledge of fashion and historical or culturally specific costuming
- skills in pattern making and sewing
- able to work independently or as part of a team
- able to work under pressure
- good communication skills.
Duties & Tasks of a Theatrical Costume Maker and Designer
Theatrical costume makers and designers may perform the following tasks:
- talk with directors about the types of costumes to be worn in a production
- estimate costs involved in supplying costumes and accessories such as hats, shoes and jewellery
- prepare material and labour budgets for supplying costumes for each production
- take actors' measurements and coordinate garment, wig, hat and shoe fittings
- buy or hire costumes, or arrange to have them made
- undertake or supervise the making, alteration and repair of costumes
- make running repairs and alterations to costumes during the production
- ensure costumes are properly stored and cared for.
Working conditions for a Theatrical Costume Maker and Designer
Theatrical costume makers and designers work as part of a production team and may be required to work long or irregular hours. They generally begin their careers as wardrobe assistants.