Costume Designers

Costume designers plan, create, and maintain clothing and accessories for all characters in a stage, film, television, dance, or opera production. Designers custom fit each character, and either create a new garment or alter an existing costume.

Quick Facts
Duties Research and design costumes and accessories; create original attire or alter existing garments.
Alternate Title(s) Theatrical Designers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major urban areas, particularly New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Depending on the size of the production, costume designers may work alone or as part of a team. They develop sketches for the director’s and producer’s approval before assembling the costumes. Costume designers must be certain costumes fit the actors and are ready for wear when the production opens.
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Social
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Costume Designer
  • Design Assistant
  • Shopper