Select, fit, and take care of costumes for cast members, and aid entertainers. May assist with multiple costume changes during performances.
Sample of reported job titles: Costume Draper, Costume Seamstress, Costumer, Draper, Dresser, Wardrobe Assistant, Wardrobe Attendant
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- Create worksheets for dressing lists, show notes, or costume checks.
- Provide dressing assistance to cast members or assign cast dressers to assist specific cast members with costume changes.
- Arrange costumes in order of use to facilitate quick-change procedures for performances.
- Design or construct costumes or send them to tailors for construction, major repairs, or alterations.
- Examine costume fit on cast members and sketch or write notes for alterations.
- Distribute costumes or related equipment and keep records of item status.
- Check the appearance of costumes on stage or under lights to determine whether desired effects are being achieved.
- Clean and press costumes before and after performances and perform any minor repairs.
- Collaborate with production designers, costume designers, or other production staff to discuss and execute costume design details.
- Monitor, maintain, or secure inventories of costumes, wigs, or makeup, providing keys or access to assigned directors, costume designers, or wardrobe mistresses/masters.
- Purchase, rent, or requisition costumes or other wardrobe necessities.
- Study books, pictures, or examples of period clothing to determine styles worn during specific periods in history.
- Return borrowed or rented items when productions are complete and return other items to storage.
- Review scripts or other production information to determine a story’s locale or period, as well as the number of characters and required costumes.
- Inventory stock to determine types or conditions of available costuming.
- Direct the work of wardrobe crews during dress rehearsals or performances.
- Participate in the hiring, training, scheduling, or supervision of alteration workers.
- Provide managers with budget recommendations and take responsibility for budgetary line items related to costumes, storage, or makeup needs.
- Assign lockers to employees and maintain locker rooms, dressing rooms, wig rooms, or costume storage or laundry areas.
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- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Detailed Work Activities
- Assign duties or work schedules to employees.
- Prepare operational reports or records.
- Arrange items for use or display.
- Maintain supply or equipment inventories.
- Design costumes or cosmetic effects for characters.
- Distribute resources to patrons or employees.
- Evaluate quality of materials or products.
- Review art or design materials.
- Clean fabrics or apparel.
- Collaborate with others to determine production details.
- Monitor availability of equipment or supplies.
- Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
- Supervise service workers.
- Assign resources or facilities to patrons or employees.
- Maintain facilities.
- Manage budgets for personal services operations.
- Perform human resources activities.
- Train service staff.
- Review production information to determine costume or makeup requirements.
- Deliver items.
- Monitor operational quality or safety.
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- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 92% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 90% responded “Extremely important.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 90% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 79% responded “Every day.”
- Contact With Others — 63% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 54% responded “Some freedom.”
- Time Pressure — 46% responded “Every day.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 48% responded “Some freedom.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 55% responded “Very important.”
- Physical Proximity — 51% responded “Very close (near touching).”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 42% responded “Very important.”
- Electronic Mail — 44% responded “Every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 31% responded “High responsibility.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 41% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 31% responded “Every day.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 44% responded “40 hours.”
- Telephone — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 37% responded “Every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 29% responded “Moderate results.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 35% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Standing — 42% responded “About half the time.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 35% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
- Spend Time Sitting — 35% responded “Less than half the time.”
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|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
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Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|32||High school diploma or equivalent
|15||Some college, no degree|
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