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An Overview of Fashion Costumer | Costume Designer

An Overview of Fashion Costumer | Costume Designer

Jahanara Akter
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: fashionelongation@gmail.com


Fashion Costumer:

A fashion costumer also known as costume designer. A costume designer is a person who designs costumes for a film or stage production. The role of the costume designer is to create the characters and balance the scenes with texture and color, etc. Collaborates with film and video directors to design, consign or construct apparel and accessories that fit within the mood, time frame and image of the film or video. Can also be a Costume Designer for Theater (or the Stage).

Fashion Costumer
Fashion Costumer

Requirements of a Fashion Costumer:

  1. Background in theater costuming, historical costume, production design, visual arts, fashion design or a similar field.
  2. Experience in theater through internship as a costume designer,or work experience as an assistant fashion designers or fashion stylist, as a volunteer to assist in local theater productions, costume agency, or college and high school productions.
  3. Creative and resourceful and understands historical fashion, clothing construction and fit, with the ability to sketch well to easily communicate ideas.

Responsibilities of a Fashion Costumer:

  1. Rent, make, buy or revamp costumes & accessories depending on requirements.
  2. Reflect FAITHFULLY the personalities of the characters in the script.
  3. Enhance the character’s personality through costume while at the same time allowing the actor to move freely and perform actions as required by the script.
  4. Collaborate creatively between the production director, set and light designers to ensure that the costumes are smoothly integrated into a production as a whole.
  5. Collaborate with the hair and wig master, hairstylist and makeup artist.

Work Overview of Fashion Costumer:

Work Overview of Fashion Costumer
Work Overview of Fashion Costumer

Challenges of a Fashion Costumer:

  1. Accurately interpret the words and vision of the writer, director or producer.
  2. Requires a great deal of research and the ability to multitask effectively.
  3. Often works on a tight budget and an even tighter timeline.
  4. Expect low pay and long working hours during the start of career.



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