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The Costume Designer is responsible for creating an appropriate look for the costumes worn by the cast, both from the viewpoint of functionality (e.g. are there lines in the show that refer to specific aspects of the costume; will the costumes need to hide radio microphones or other special effects; are they suitable for any quick costume changes), and from the artistic appearance of the costumes (from the correct time period). This may involve making the costumes from scratch, altering existing costumes, or arranging costume hire from a third-party firm. The Costume Designer will also need to arrange suitable transport for getting the costumes to the theatre at the start of the run, and removing them after the last performance.

Some directors will have a very strong view about the overall design, whereas others will give their designers a greater input into creating the look of the show.

For best results, the Costume Designer should work with the other designers to ensure the costume design is consistent with the overall design ideas. A production will look a lot better if each designer is following a consistent thread and taking into account of the look and atmosphere being created by the other designers.

The Costume Designer is almost always responsible for making and/or sourcing hire costumes based on the design, and sometimes they also take on the role of looking after the costumes during the run of the show. You should confirm with the production team whether you are happy to be present for the full run of the show, so that Wardrobe Assistants can be found to do this job if necessary. You should also discuss whether there are any quick costume changes that will require additional Wardrobe Assistants to be found to help actors with these changes.

Costume Spreadsheet Template[edit]

The following spreadsheet is commonly used, but you can alter it into a more detailed or more generic table.

Character Actor General Size (S/M/L) Dress Size Trouser Size Chest/Waist/Hips Inside Leg Height Shoe Size
Name 1 Actor 1

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Costume Designer Vacancies

Technical roles for The Wiz
The WizS-6
19:45, Sat 25th – Wed 29th March 2023 at The Old Vic
Lent Week 9 to Easter Vacation

We are looking for: Producer , Publicist , Composer , Production Electrician , Costume Designer , Stage Manager , Carpenter

Contact Random Contact 81 before 5th Sep 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for My Fair Lady
My Fair LadyNewnham
20:15, Sun 10th – Fri 15th October 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
20:45, Sun 17th – Fri 22nd October 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
20:15, Sun 24th – Fri 29th October 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
Michaelmas Week 1 to Week 3

We are looking for: Production Electrician , Carpenter, Costume Designer , Director , Lighting Designer , Set Designer , Choreographer , Editor , Publicist , Publicity Designer , Stage Manager 

Contact Random Contact 64 before 28th Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for The Rocky Horror Show
The Rocky Horror ShowClare Hall
20:15, Sat 30th April – Fri 6th May 2022 at Random Venue 62
Easter Week 0 to Week 1

We are looking for: Writer , Set Designer , Composer , Production Electrician , Technical Director , Photographer , Carpenter, Lighting Designer , Costume Designer , Deputy Stage Manager , Choreographer , Director , Assistant Stage Manager , Publicist , Chief Electrician , Musical Director 

Contact Random Contact 91 before 22nd Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Scarlet Pimpernel – Random Society 65
14:45, Tue 5th – Sat 9th October 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
21:00, Tue 12th – Sat 16th October 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
20:45, Tue 19th – Sat 23rd October 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Michaelmas Week 0 to Week 2

We are looking for: Chief Electrician , Camera Operator , Assistant Stage Manager , Editor , Technical Director , Stage Manager , Writer , Lighting Designer , Publicist , Production Manager , Production Electrician , Producer , Choreographer , Set Designer , Costume Designer , Photographer , Director , Deputy Stage Manager , Publicity Designer , Musical Director , Carpenter, Composer , Sound Designer 

Contact Random Contact 56 before 22nd Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye BirdieLucy Cavendish
19:30, Thu 28th November – Tue 3rd December 2019 at The Old Vic
Michaelmas Week 7 to Week 8

We are looking for: Costume Designer , Video Director , Carpenter, Writer , Set Designer , Lighting Designer , Production Manager , Assistant Stage Manager , Publicity Designer , Editor , Composer , Sound Designer , Camera Operator , Director 

Contact Random Contact 96 before 23rd Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for Sister Act the Musical
Sister Act the Musical – Random Society 59
19:45, Sun 21st – Wed 24th March 2021 at London Palladium
Lent Week 9

We are looking for: Publicity Designer , Assistant Stage Manager , Production Electrician , Stage Manager , Writer , Editor , Technical Director , Set Designer , Musical Director , Production Manager , Producer , Costume Designer , Carpenter

Contact Random Contact 43 before 1st Sep 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus – Random Society 69
21:00, Mon 30th April – Thu 3rd May 2018 at Royal Court Theatre
16:45, Mon 7th – Thu 10th May 2018 at Royal Court Theatre
11:15, Mon 14th – Thu 17th May 2018 at Royal Court Theatre
Easter Week 1 to Week 3

We are looking for: Carpenter, Publicity Designer , Producer , Costume Designer , Lighting Designer , Camera Operator , Deputy Stage Manager , Technical Director , Composer , Video Director , Musical Director , Production Manager , Choreographer , Assistant Stage Manager , Publicist 

Contact Random Contact 70 before 20th Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.

Technical roles for King Lear
King LearS-2
21:00, Tue 13th – Fri 16th October 2020 at Savoy Theatre
20:30, Tue 20th – Fri 23rd October 2020 at Savoy Theatre
12:00, Tue 27th – Fri 30th October 2020 at Savoy Theatre
Michaelmas Week 1 to Week 3

We are looking for: Writer , Photographer , Choreographer , Video Director , Deputy Stage Manager , Director , Assistant Stage Manager , Production Electrician , Lighting Designer , Editor , Composer , Stage Manager , Technical Director , Carpenter, Costume Designer , Publicist , Musical Director , Publicity Designer 

Contact Random Contact 11 before 14th Aug 2022 19:47 for more details.