“The job of a Costume Supervisor is to realise the Costume Designer’s design. Getting the designs off the paper, from two-dimensional images to three-dimensional images.”
Working with the designer to realise his/her vision, ensuring all costumes fit within the overall production design - with particular attention to historical detail on period dramas - and managing the Costume Department, which varies in size depending on the scale of a production.
Other courses are available. Those above represent a sample from various drama schools and universities.
Vocational training in Costume is on offer in many drama schools and some traineeships are available with larger theatre companies. Some people begin by working voluntarily in Wardrobe Departments in local theatres, progressing through the ranks of Costume Assistant and maker. Skills are developed on-the-job while gaining useful industry contacts, which are vital for securing future work. Some people seek additional specialist training, for example in tailoring and millinery, to increase their skills-base and employability.