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

Le Nozze di Figaro Production Team Applications
Le Nozze di Figaro – Trinity College Music Society (TCMS)
19:30, Fri 29th October 2021 - Sat 30th October 2021 at Trinity College Chapel
Michaelmas Week 3

Applications are open for: Co-Director , Répétiteurs, Publicity Designer , Set Designer , Assistant Set Designer , Assistant Stage Manager , Costume Designer , Hair and Makeup Artists, Dress Rehearsal Photographer , Headshot Photographer , Lighting Operator, Subtitles Operator, Italian Language Coach, Libretto Translator

Contact before 28th Jul 2021 23:59 for more details.

PANTO 2021 Prod Team Applications are OPEN!
CUADC/Footlights Pantomime 2021: RapunzelCUADC and Footlights
19:45, Wed 24th November 2021 - Sat 4th December 2021 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 7 to Week 8

Accessibility and Welfare Officer, Assistant Director , Assistant Producer /Publicist  x2, Chief Electrician  (CLX ), Choreographer , Costume Designer , Deputy Stage Manager  (DSM ), Fight Choreographer , Head of Props, Lighting Designer , Music Director , Publicity Designer , Set Designer , Sound Designer , Sound Engineer, Stage Manager , Technical Director  Application Pack:

Contact before 31st Jul 2021 18:00 for more details.

Cicada's Children is looking for a Prod team
Cicada's Children
21:30, Tue 30th November 2021 - Sat 4th December 2021 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 8

Stage Manager , Technical Director , Lighting Designer , Sound Designer , Costume Designer , Publicity Manager , Poster Designer, Welfare Rep

Contact before 31st Jul 2021 01:00 for more details.

BULL prod team applications are open!
19:00, Tue 5th October 2021 - Sat 9th October 2021 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 0

We’re looking for a stage manager , costume designer , lighting designer , sound designer , fight choreographer  and technical director .

Contact and before 24th Jul 2021 23:59 for more details.

Production Team Applications Open!!
The Comedy of ErrorsCADS
16:00, Sat 9th October 2021 at Christ's College Fellows' Garden
Michaelmas Week 0

We are looking for a production team for the week 0 "The Comedy of Errors" Show. No previous experience is necessary so please do not hesitate to apply! The available roles are: - Stage manager  - Assistant stage manager  - Set designer  - Sound designer  - Costume designer  - Publicity designer 

Contact before 30th Jul 2021 23:59 for more details.

19:45, Tue 2nd November 2021 - Sat 6th November 2021 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 4

Assistant Choreographer  Assistant Stage Manager  Deputy Stage Manager  Publicity Designer  Photographer  Chief Electrician  Costume Designer 

Contact Dan (Producer) - before 3rd Aug 2021 23:59 for more details.