Costume Designer Job Description

The Costume Designer Job Description is a comprehensive list of typical job duties and expectations. It covers the most basic and essential functions that a Costume Designer will be responsible for once hired, as well as the experience or skills they’ll need to excel in this position.

About the Costume Designer Position

We’re seeking a creative and talented Costume Designer to join our crew. As a Costume Designer, you’ll be responsible for conceptualizing and creating costumes for our team members. 

The Costume Designer will work alongside producers, directors, and other key staff members to learn what’s needed for particular costumes. Through research and creative thinking, they’ll ensure costumes fit the character and set perfectly.

Costume Designer Responsibilities

  • Work alongside producers and directors to understand wardrobe requirements
  • Research as necessary for character costumes, including themes and time periods
  • Prepare and present drafts of costume designs
  • Modify costume design based on feedback until final approval
  • Tailor garments through hand and machine sewing
  • Participate in wardrobe fittings and dress rehearsals, making changes as necessary
  • Work to stay within the costume budget

Costume Designer Requirements

  • [2+] years experience as a Costume Designer
  • BA in costume design, fashion design, or similar field of study
  • Strong portfolio of previous costume design work
  • Excellent research and communication skills
  • Deep knowledge of materials, textiles, and sewing practices
  • Must work well under pressure while meeting deadlines

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good Costume Designer?

A good Costume Designer is able to take a producer or director’s vision and bring it to life through design and sewing skills. While working as a Costume Designer, you’ll use your creativity to help bring a character’s design to life.

Who does a Costume Designer report to?

A Costume Designer typically reports to a costume or wardrobe supervisor.

What is the salary range for a Costume Designer?

The salary range for a Costume Designer is $55,000 to $85,000.

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