Theatrical costume makers and designers undertake or coordinate the design, manufacture and purchase of costumes for television, film and stage productions.
Duties & Tasks
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.
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.
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.