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

CORE PROD TEAM applications open for OEDIPUS TYRANNUS (Easter Week 4, ADC Main)
Oedipus Tyrannus
19:45, Tue 21st – Sat 25th May 2024 at ADC Theatre
Easter Week 4

'Oedipus Tyrannus' is looking for an enthusiastic and supportive core prod team to help make this show magical! We are currently seeking: Producer , Assistant Producer , Technical Director , Associate Director , Welfare Rep(s), Publicist , Set Designer , Costume Designer !! Deadlines on 29th Feb and 4th March (see full info).

Contact, before 4th Mar 2024 23:59 for more details.

Prod Roles for Devil's Drum - Week 3 Corpus Late
Devil’s Drum
22:30, Wed 15th – Sat 18th May 2024 at Corpus Playroom
Easter Week 3

Looking for some lovely people to join my production team! Looking for a costume designer , sound and lighting designer  and publicist ! If you love storytelling and folklore and want to explore some more British stories then this is the show for you! Deadline: 11:59 on Monday 11th March. If you require an extension, please drop me an email!

Contact before 7th Mar 2024 00:00 for more details.

Core Production Team
19:45, Tue 30th April – Sat 4th May 2024 Venue to be confirmed
Easter Week 1

Producer  Assistant Director(s)  Assistant Producer  Technical Director  Welfare rep(s) Publicist  Set Designer  Costume Designer  Composer  Movement Director 

Contact before 25th Feb 2024 23:59 for more details.

PROD TEAM APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR VIGNETTES! (Corpus Mainshow, Easter, Theatre Week 1)
Vignettes from an Inkblot Archipelago
19:30, Tue 30th April – Sat 4th May 2024 at Corpus Playroom
Easter Week 1

We are looking to form an impassioned, skilled and compassionate production team to bring this show to Cambridge! Currently, we are after a Producer , Assistant Producer , Associate Director , Technical Director , Lighting Designer , Sound Designer , Camera Operator /Videographer, Stage Manager , Publicist , Set Designer  and a Costume Designer !!

Contact before 8th Mar 2024 00:00 for more details.