When working in a theatre's wardrobe department, you will be working under the direction of the Head of Wardrobe to ensure the costumes for a production are looked after, maintained and fitted well to the performer.
What are the main responsibilities of theatre wardrobe staff?
- Altering or mending costumes
- Cleaning and ironing
- Fitting costumes onto the performers
- Looking after costumes between scenes
- Helping performers change costumes between scenes
- Storing costumes and returning hired items (known as 'breaking down' costumes)
What qualifications do I need to work in wardrobe?
While you do not need a degree for this role, here are some useful subjects and courses that could help you get a head start in the industry:
- Costume design
What skills do I need to work in wardrobe?
These are the desirable skills to have to be the right candidate for a wardrobe role:
- An eye for detail
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Competent in sewing
What does a career in wardrobe look like?
You may start as a Wardrobe Assistant and move into more senior roles such as Wardrobe Master/Mistress, Costume Designer or Supervisor.
How much can theatre wardrobe staff earn?
Pay for theatre wardrobe staff varies depending on experience, and the tasks required of you. Typically pay is:
Starting/trainee pay: £13k
Experienced: £18k - £28k
Highly experienced: £35k
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Photo: Royal Opera House/Sim Canetty-Clarke
Date published: 04 March 2019