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Theatrical costume makers and designers undertake or coordinate the design, manufacture and purchase of costumes for television, film and stage productions.Decline

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • knowledge of fashion and historical or culturally specific costuming
  • skills in pattern making and sewing
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • creativity
  • able to work under pressure
  • good communication skills.


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Duties and Tasks

Theatrical costume makers and designers may perform the following tasks:

  • talk with directors about the types of costumes to be worn in a production
  • estimate costs involved in supplying costumes and accessories such as hats, shoes and jewellery
  • prepare material and labour budgets for supplying costumes for each production
  • take actors' measurements and coordinate garment, wig, hat and shoe fittings
  • buy or hire costumes, or arrange to have them made
  • undertake or supervise the making, alteration and repair of costumes
  • make running repairs and alterations to costumes during the production
  • ensure costumes are properly stored and cared for.

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Working conditions

Theatrical costume makers and designers work as part of a production team and may be required to work long or irregular hours. They generally begin their careers as wardrobe assistants.

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Did You Know?

Catherine Martin has become Australia's most prolific Academy Award winner with two Oscars for her dazzling designs for The Great Gatsby.

The acclaimed designer, wife of director Baz Luhrmann, won both best costumes and best production design with set decorator Beverley Dunn.

Catherine Martin

Having won two Oscars for Moulin Rouge in 2002 - as well as nominations for Romeo + Juliet and Australia - Martin has overtaken the three Oscars won by Orry-Kelly for An American in Paris, Les Girls and Some Like It Hot in the 1950s.

For best costumes, Martin was up against the designers for American Hustle (fellow Australian Michael Wilkinson), The Grandmaster, The Invisible Woman and 12 Years A Slave.
(Source: SMH)

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