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.
You can also find opportunities in costume on The Stage Jobs website.
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:
These are the desirable skills to have to be the right candidate for a wardrobe role:
Always keep examples of your previous work. Read our blog 'How to make a costume design portfolio.'
You may start as a Wardrobe Assistant and move into more senior roles such as Wardrobe Master/Mistress, Costume Designer or Supervisor. Read our blogs 'What does a theatre Costume Designer do?' and 'What does a Costume Maker do?'
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
Photo: Royal Opera House/Sim Canetty-Clarke
Date published: 04 March 2019