What does a costume designer do?
Costume designers are in charge of the look and creation of costumes and outfits used in television, film and theatre productions. As a costume designer, you may be designing and making unique costumes, or you may be putting together outfits from off-the-hanger items of clothing. You’ll need to be creative with an excellent eye for detail.
You may be directly employed by a production company or be self-employed working as a freelancer. You’ll be working on set, which could be at a studio or out on location. You’ll usually be leading a team of people in a costume department, so will need good leadership skills.
Creating the look for a production on budget is another important skill, so good financial planning is important.
What do I need to do to become a costume designer?
There are no specific qualifications to become a costume designer. However, having a degree in costume design or a related subject is highly desirable.
- Degree in costume design