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

SISTER ACT is opening applications for a wider production team!
Sister ActCUMTS
19:45, Tue 5th – Sat 9th November 2024 at ADC Theatre
14:30, Sat 9th November 2024 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 4

The Michaelmas Week 4 CUMTS musical Sister Act is looking for a wider production team to join us in bringing such a wonderful musical to the ADC stage! We are currently looking for Set Designer , Sound Designer , Lighting Designer , Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager , Costume Designer  Team and Photographer /Videographer. Please take a look at our application pack for more details in the full advert.

Contact before 23rd Jun 2024 23:59 for more details.

DANCING AT LUGHNASA seeks a Wider Production Team
Dancing at Lughnasa
19:45, Tue 29th October – Sat 2nd November 2024 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 3

The Michaelmas Week 3 ADC Mainshow DANCING AT LUGHNASA is looking for a Wider Production Team to bring Brian Friel's Irish magic to the big stage! We're searching for Sound Designer , Lighting Designer , Chief Electrician , Stage Manager/Deputy Stage Manager , Head Carpenter , Assistant Producer  x2, Costume Designer /Assistant Costume Designer  and Photographer /Videographer roles. We're also extending the deadline for applications for the roles of Technical Director  and Set Designer . Take a look at the application pack for further details!

Contact, before 21st Jun 2024 23:59 for more details.

'Negotiating With The Dead' is looking for a wider production team!
Negotiating With the DeadFletcher Players
21:30, Wed 13th – Sat 16th November 2024 at Corpus Playroom
Michaelmas Week 5

'Negotiating With The Dead' is looking for a Production Team! We're looking for a Producer , an Assistant Director , a Technical Director /Lighting Designer/Sound Designer  Set Designer , Stage Manager , Costume Designer , Diversity and Outreach Officer, Script Editors , Welfare Officer, Publicity Officer/Designer. The deadline to apply is the 30th June for all roles except Assistant Director !

Contact before 30th Jun 2024 11:59 for more details.