Costume designers are in charge of the look and creation costumes and outfits.

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. 

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Financial planning
  • Leadership

Related subjects

  • Art
  • Design technology
  • Drama, music, and performing arts

Desirable qualifications

  • Degree in costume design

Where to find out more

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