How to become a Theatrical Costume Maker and Designer

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
  • creativity
  • able to work under pressure
  • good communication skills.

Duties & Tasks of a Theatrical Costume Maker and Designer

Theatrical costume makers and designers: • 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.




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