A Costume Designer is the person responsible for designing the costumes for a production, making sure they match the time period, style and Director’s vision for the piece, as well as being practical for the Performer.
What are the main responsibilities of a Costume Designer?
- Reading the full script, marking and making notes on areas that will affect costume
- Research the time period and setting of the play
- Researching fashion in certain time periods and places
- Design the costume for each character
- Liaise with the Director on the overall vision of the play
What qualifications do I need to be a Costume Designer?
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
- Fine Art
- Art and Design
What skills do I need to be a Costume Designer?
These are the desirable skills for the right candidate to have to be a Costume Designer:
- Organisational skills
- An eye for detail
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Competent in sewing
- Ability to work alone as well as with others
- Ability to communicate and present your ideas
Always ensure you keep examples of your work. Read our blog 'How to make a costume design portfolio.'
What does a career in costume design look like?
You may start as a Wardrobe Assistant and move into more senior roles such as Wardrobe Master/Mistress and then move into costume design. Some people have gone from set design areas into costume design roles.
How much can a Costume Designer earn?
Pay for a Costume Designer can vary depending on their level of experience:
Experienced: £18k - £28k
Highly experienced: £35k
Published: 04 March 2019