Wardrobe assistants help to make, find and look after clothes and costumes used in theatre, film and TV productions.
- 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)
- 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
- New job opportunities are likely in the future.
- On Location
- Weekends & Public Holidays
Route to Employment
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.
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