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Responsible for purchasing, renting and/or making all the clothes worn by the performers.

The costume department designs, creates, buys and maintains all costumes worn by the performers, including fitting and dressing. From period costume design to thrifting, cutting, sewing and cataloguing all the costumes ready for camera, this department works closely with performers, hair, make-up and continuity.



Entry Level


Entry Level & In-demand

What kind of jobs are available?



What those who work in this department usually bring to the work.


  • Education in theatre arts, film school, textile arts, or fashion arts.
  • Experience in sewing, pattern making, tailoring, textile arts, or specials skills costuming in an industrial or professional setting.
  • Ability to research, budget, organize and communicate.


  • Previous work experience in a professional theatre, film or television production.

Set Supervisor

Set Costumer


Prep Costumer

Truck Costumer

Cast Buyer

Performer’s Costumer

Dresser (Costume)


Costume Supervisor

Costume Breakdown/FX

Lead Breakdown/FX Costumer

Costume Coordinator


Costume Designer

Assistant/Buyer/Cutter (Costume)

Assistant Costume Designer

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