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Costume and Wardrobe

All theatrical performances such as plays, musicals, TV or film productions rely on scenery, props and costumes to make them a success.

Those working in costume and wardrobe play a key role in making sure that costumes accurately represent the period. They work with artistic directors, producers, set designers, technical and lighting departments, as well as designing, altering and sourcing costumes.

The Costume and Wardrobe Apprenticeship will introduce people to working backstage in a theatre or live event setting and provide a basis for careers in the costume and wardrobe aspects of theatre production. Learners will gain real experience of working as part of a wardrobe team, seeing a production wardrobe through from initial idea, through development to final costume production.

Intermediate Level apprentices will train as Costume/Wardrobe Assistants, supporting assembling, making and altering clothes for actors and assisting them to dress, helping cutters, searching for hired costumes and accessories, helping with cleaning, washing and ironing of costumes, keeping records of accessories and helping to source costumes, materials and equipment.

At Advanced Level, apprentices will train as Assistant Costume/Wardrobe Managers, researching the type of clothes and accessories worn for a production, attend meetings with the artistic director, producer, set designer and technical and lighting departments, assisting with presentation of design ideas to the production team, briefing and monitoring the team, supporting the making and finishing of costumes.

Job Roles

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Costume/Wardrobe Assistant

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Assistant Costume/Wardrobe manager


Last Updated: 12/04/2012

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