“On a day-to-day basis, the Wardrobe Department is basically there to maintain the costumes, to sort the laundry and to run the show – to do the quick changes, to pre-set costumes.”
Managing the Wardrobe Department, which varies depending on the size and scale of a production, supervising the work of a team of Wardrobe Assistants and dressers.
Other courses are available. Those above represent a sample from various drama schools and universities.
Vocational training in Costume is on offer at many drama schools and some traineeships are available with larger theatre companies. However, many people working in Wardrobe Departments begin by working voluntarily in local theatres, progressing from dresser to Wardrobe Assistant. Skills are developed on-the-job while gaining useful industry contacts - designers, Costume Supervisors, Production Managers – 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.