The Costume Designer is responsible for creating an appropriate look for the costumes worn by the cast, both from the viewpoint of functionality (e.g. are there lines in the show that refer to specific aspects of the costume; will the costumes need to hide radio microphones or other special effects; are they suitable for any quick costume changes), and from the artistic appearance of the costumes (from the correct time period). This may involve making the costumes from scratch, altering existing costumes, or arranging costume hire from a third-party firm. The Costume Designer will also need to arrange suitable transport for getting the costumes to the theatre at the start of the run, and removing them after the last performance.

Some directors will have a very strong view about the overall design, whereas others will give their designers a greater input into creating the look of the show.

For best results, the Costume Designer should work with the other designers to ensure the costume design is consistent with the overall design ideas. A production will look a lot better if each designer is following a consistent thread and taking into account of the look and atmosphere being created by the other designers.

The Costume Designer is almost always responsible for making and/or sourcing hire costumes based on the design, and sometimes they also take on the role of looking after the costumes during the run of the show. You should confirm with the production team whether you are happy to be present for the full run of the show, so that Wardrobe Assistants can be found to do this job if necessary. You should also discuss whether there are any quick costume changes that will require additional Wardrobe Assistants to be found to help actors with these changes.

Costume Spreadsheet Template[edit]

The following spreadsheet is commonly used, but you can alter it into a more detailed or more generic table.

Character Actor General Size (S/M/L) Dress Size Trouser Size Chest/Waist/Hips Inside Leg Height Shoe Size
Name 1 Actor 1

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Costume Designer Vacancies

19:00, Tue 29th November – Sat 3rd December 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 8

Blue/ Orange (week 8, Corpus Main) is looking for a prod team!! We are looking for: Stage manager , Lighting designer , Sound designer , Set designer , Costume designer , Publicity designer  Application pack below! Plain text:

Contact , before 26th Sep 2022 23:59 for more details.

The Waste Land
23:00, Wed 9th – Fri 11th November 2022 at ADC Theatre
14:30, Sat 12th November 2022 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 5

We are looking for… a Set Designer , Costume Designer , Costume Assistant, Lighting Designer , Chief Electrician  (PLX ), Publicity Designer , Technical Director , Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager  and Welfare Officers!!!

Contact Fiona (Producer) at before 29th Sep 2022 17:00 for more details.

Iin Black Water - Production Roles
In Black Water
21:30, Tue 8th – Sat 12th November 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 5

In Black Water is a devised and experimental piece about writing and speaking We are opening applications for Sound Designer , Stage Manager , Costume Designer , Technical Director , Puppet Builder, Projectionist, Welfare Officer. Contact before 6th of October 2022 11:59pm for more details.

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Applications open for a Prod Team for EDWARD, a new queer horror story!
21:30, Tue 25th – Sat 29th October 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 3

We are reopening some prod roles for Edward, a queer horror, looking at how violence runs deep in the veins on the ruling class. We have a number of roles that need filling including: Co-/Assistant Director , Lighting Designer , Sound Designer /Composer , Costume designer , Special Effects designer, Welfare Officer and Stage Manager . Please do let me or Jake know if you have any questions! Looking forward to reading your applications!

Contact, before 3rd Oct 2022 22:59 for more details.