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

BME Shakespeare: Much Ado About NothingMarlowe
19:45, Tue 8th March 2022 - Sat 12th March 2022 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 7

BME Shakespeare is looking for a PRODUCTION TEAM We are currently looking for: Choreographer , Movement Director , Costume Designer , Hair & Makeup artist, Stage Manager , Deputy Stage Manager , Lighting Designer , Publicity Designer , Composer , Musical Director , Technical Director , Sound designer , and Set Designer . We encourage any and everyone to apply- no experience needed! (Prod team roles are exclusively open to those who identify as BME)

Contact before 23rd Jan 2022 23:59 for more details.

The CovenFletcher Players
21:30, Tue 8th February 2022 - Sat 12th February 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 3

A witch coven consisting of three friends, Margaret, Emily and Lawrence, are highly unsuccessful in their activities. Margaret, the leader of the coven, takes her magic seriously, while Lawrence can’t tell the difference between magic and life hacks, and Emily just wants to keep their friendship alive. But when they summon a demon called Graham, master of banal evil, with grand, but underwhelming plans, their friendship is tested in ways they previously hadn’t thought possible. This play is taking place for the first time in the Corpus Playroom from the 8th-12th of February. We are looking for a production team to bring this fantastic production to life. Apply by email by emailing, and We are looking for Stage Manager  Lighting Operator Sound Operator Set Designer  Costume Designer 

Contact,, before 21st Jan 2022 23:59 for more details.

Stage Manager, Sound Designer and Costume Designer wanted for *Eidolon*!!🍃✨🌕🌲
23:00, Wed 26th January 2022 - Sat 29th January 2022 at ADC Theatre
Lent Week 1

We are looking for a fabulous stage manager , sound designer  and costume designer  to help bring this enchanting new student-written piece to life!! Please see the application pack for more info:

Contact Johanna Lee, before 27th Jan 2022 00:00 for more details.

THE STUDENT UNION - Prod Team Applications Open!
The Student UnionMagdalene Drama Society
19:00, Wed 16th March 2022 - Sat 19th March 2022 at Cripps Auditorium, Magdalene College
Lent Week 8

Producer , Assistant Director , Set Designer , Costume Designer , Sound Designer , Stage Manager , Welfare Officer Wanted!

Contact before 23rd Jan 2022 23:59 for more details.

Blue Lagoon
21:30, Wed 23rd February 2022 - Sat 26th February 2022 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 5

We are looking for a prod team help bring this fantastic original student comedy to life! Roles available are: Publicity Designer : Lighting Designer  Sound Designer  Stage Manager  Set Designer  Costume Designer 

Contact, before 23rd Jan 2022 00:00 for more details.