What do Costumerss do?

Costume Assistants may be employed on films at any stage during pre-production. They are responsible for carrying out any tasks allocated to them by costume designers, costume design assistants, costume supervisors and wardrobe supervisors. Their tasks may include: assisting with the design of, and carrying out research into costumes; making, ordering and adapting the costumes and accessories required for productions; organizing fittings, dressing performers, and overseeing continuity on sets.

Costume Assistants may help to break down the script into costume plots, and detail costume requirements and changes in the continuity book. They may also carry out research for the costume designer into the costume styles, designs and construction methods which are appropriate for the productions' time period, using a number of resources including libraries, museums and the Internet.

Costume Assistants help to organize the costume department, ordering supplies and assisting in setting up any workrooms needed for productions. They take artists' measurements, and they may also assist with making costumes, including pattern cutting, ageing and distressing costumes, etc. They may be involved in sourcing and buying costumes and accessories, and in liaising with costumiers about costume hire. They may be given specific responsibility for crowd fittings, overseen by costume design assistants or costume and wardrobe supervisors.

Costume Assistants may be responsible for packing costumes for overseas shipment to other locations or units. During the shoot, they help to organize the costumes by ensuring that the appropriate outfits are correctly placed for actors. They may dress actors and explain their costumes to them, checking that the costumes match continuity requirements. Costume Assistants monitor the costumes for damage, carrying out any last minute alterations and repairs, or sending garments to the workrooms for special treatment. Costume Assistants may also act as standbys, dressing the costumes to camera by referring to a monitor, and ensuring that there are changes of clothes available in case of wet weather on locations. During breaks, and between shoot days, they clean and iron costumes, look after accessories such as hats and gloves, and keep a record of all jewellery used by actors.

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