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Job Description

A wardrobe assistant will research costume designs, then plan, coordinate and make costumes for different scenes in a production.  This could be for theatre, film, TV productions or for advertising and photo shoots. They may also be involved in alterations and repairs.

Entry Requirements

There are no set entry requirements. You’ll need practical skills in hand and machine sewing, pattern cutting and dressmaking. 

Doing a college course in fashion and textiles or costume and wardrobe could help you get started in this job.

An HND, degree or postgraduate qualification in costume design, fashion or textiles may be useful, especially if you want to become a costume designer later on.

Paid or unpaid work experience can be helpful. You could get this from:

  • amateur or community theatre
  • casual work as a costume ‘daily’ (temporary helper) on film and TV sets
  • dressmaking
  • student theatre and film productions
  • working for a theatrical costume hire company

You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may need a driving licence to transport the costumes.

Career Path and Progression

You’ll specialise in either theatre work, film or TV, but you could cross over between areas once established. 

With experience, you could become a wardrobe manager or move into set design, production design or stage management.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Clothing alteration hand
  • Costume designer
  • Dressmaker
  • Fashion designer
  • Make-up artist

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

Creativity and imagination, excellent design skills, a passion for fashion, a good eye for detail, flexibility, good organisational skills, able to work well under pressure and to deadlines, good communication and people skills, good research skills.

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