TV Rob Roles: Costume Design

As a costume designer, you would be 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.

Typical jobs for a costume designer, whether in drama, factual or live entertainment are the following:

  • 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

You will need to have excellent design skills, be organised and work to a budget. It’s important to have a friendly manner and be sensitive to actor’s needs when dressing them.

Many costume designers have a university qualification in costume design or fashion and start as a wardrobe assistant or costume maker. You could also get into this job through an Advanced Apprenticeship.



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