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.
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.
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