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
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
As You Like It Prod/Design Team!
As You Like It – Clare Actors14:00, Wed 21st – Fri 23rd June 2023 at Clare College Scholars' Garden
Easter May Week
As You Like It (Clare May Week Play) is looking for Assistant Director , Assistant Producer , Movement Director /Choreographer , Musical Director , Composer, Costume Designer , Set Designer , Welfare Representative and Publicity Designer . Application deadline is 25th March - we look forward to reading your applications!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 26th Mar 2023 00:00 for more details.
'the herb garden' is looking for a wider prod team!
The Herb Garden19:00, Tue 16th – Sat 20th May 2023 at Corpus Playroom
Easter Week 3
'the herb garden' is seeking a wide range of production roles for this wacky, often emotional musical taking place on Tues 16th-Sat 20th May (Week 3) as a Corpus Mainshow! Roles looking to be filled: musical director , technical director , sound designer , lighting designer , costume designer , set designer , assistant producer , stage manager , assistant musical director , publicity officer, photographer .
Contact Hannah (she/her - Producer) email@example.com for more info. before 15th Apr 2023 01:00 for more details.
Storytelling (Blanket Fort) is looking for a Prod Team!
Storytelling at the ADC – Fletcher Players20:00, Thu 22nd – Fri 23rd June 2023 at ADC Theatre (Larkum Studio)
Easter May Week
We're looking for a Producer , Publicity Designer , Photographer Blanket Fort Designer, Costume Designer , and Welfare Officer to join our May Week Larkum Show! Application Pack linked from the main advert. Deadline is Friday 21st April 23:59
Contact Matthew Wadey mw846 before 21st Apr 2023 23:59 for more details.