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.
You can get into this job through:
You could start by doing a college course to get some of the skills needed for this job.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
The following local colleges offer courses in Fashion and Textiles:
- City College Norwich
- East Coast College
- One Sixth Form College
- Suffolk New College
- The College of West Anglia
- West Suffolk College
Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.
You can get into this job by doing a broadcast production assistant advanced apprenticeship. This can be used to get into a lot of different jobs in film and TV, including costume runner and wardrobe assistant.
You could also do a garment maker advanced apprenticeship, if your job involves repairing and making costumes.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
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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
- working for a theatrical costume hire company
- casual work as a costume 'daily' or temporary helper on film and TV sets
You can find more details about how to become a wardrobe assistant through Get into Theatre.
You can find out more about creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.
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
- Fashion designer
- Make-up artist
- Creativity and imagination
- excellent design skills
- a passion for fashion
- a good eye for detail
- good organisational skills
- able to work well under pressure and to deadlines
- good communication and people skills
- good research skills