A costume designer is responsible for the overall look of the clothes and costumes on productions. As well as researching and designing costumes, the costume designer is often in charge of a team of people in the costume department. They work closely with the production designer to make sure the costumes fit in with their overall vision and work with the chosen lighting and camera angles. They also collaborate with the hair and make-up team to make sure a cohesive look is created.

Skills needed

  • Creativity and a passion for clothing and costume
  • Knowledge of different time periods, cultures and environments
  • Attention to detail and ability to multitask
  • Experience sewing and using a sewing machine
  • Photography skills, including editing
  • Understanding of clothing sizes and how to dress different bodies

Job roles

  • Costume runner
  • Dresser
  • Costume supervisor
  • Costume design assistant
  • Costumer designer

Duties included

  • Researching, designing and creating costumes in keeping with the show’s setting (e.g. authentic costume for period drama)
  • Acquiring and hiring costumes from outside sources
  • Managing a team of skilled personnel
  • Supervising departmental budgets and schedules
  • Organising wardrobes for efficient dressing of cast
  • Ensuring costume continuity

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