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.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Theatrical Designers
Duties Research and design costumes and accessories; create original attire or alter existing garments
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Major urban areas, particularly New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Internship or volunteer experience
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Social
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Costume Supervisor
  • Costume Designer
  • Design Assistant
  • Shopper

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