Wardrobe assistants help to make, find and look after clothes and costumes used in theatre, film and TV productions.

Day-to-Day Activities

  • helping to buy and hire costume items
  • looking after the costumes between takes or scenes
  • mending and altering items
  • packing and unpacking costumes and accessories
  • cleaning, steaming and ironing
  • helping to make pieces and put costumes together
  • fitting costumes onto performers
  • keeping continuity notes, so that performers look the same in each scene
  • storing costumes and returning hired items (known as 'breaking down' costumes)

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software: e.g. Database software
  • Electronic mail software: e.g. Google Gmail, Linux-based email software, Microsoft Oulook, Yahoo! Email
  • Internet browser software: e.g. Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox
  • Office suite software: e.g. Apple iWork, Google Drive, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org

Employment Prospects

  • New job opportunities are likely in the future.

Working Environment

  • Evenings
  • Freelance
  • On Location
  • Overtime
  • Weekends & Public Holidays

Route to Employment

GCSEs

A-Levels

  • Art & Design

Other Information

You could start out as a runner with a production company and get the experience and contacts you need to move into wardrobe and costume work. Volunteering is a great way to build up your skills and to make contacts with people in the industry. Your contacts can be a good way of finding paid work later on. You could get volunteering experience through student theatre and film productions, amateur or community theatre, dressmaking, working for a theatrical costume hire company, casual work as a costume 'daily' or temporary helper on film and TV sets.

Employability Skills Needed

Employability Skills Key:

  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Customer Service
  • Written Communication
  • Organisation & Time Management
  • Analytical Skills

Interests Needed

Interests Key:

  • Conventional
  • Realistic
  • Artistic

Knowledge Needed

Knowledge Key:

  • Fine Arts
  • Design
  • Production and Processing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Psychology
  • Administration and Management
  • Mathematics

Abilities Needed

Abilities Key:

  • Oral Comprehension
  • Near Vision
  • Oral Expression
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Fluency of Ideas
  • Category Flexibility
  • Visual Colour Discrimination
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness

Work Styles Needed

Work Styles Key:

  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Innovation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Self Control

Technology Experience Needed

Technology Key:

  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Internet browser software
  • Office suite software

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