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Costume Designer

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€18k > 39
Theatre/Television Designer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 39
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Occupational Category

Design Occupations

Also included in this category:

Graphic designers; product, clothing and related designers (e.g. fashion designers; interior designers; furniture and textile designers).

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 21%
Aged over 55: 16%
Male / Female: 44 / 56%
Non-Nationals: 30%
With Third Level: 82%
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At a Glance... header image

Design costumes and stage sets for television, film and theatrical productions.

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The Work header image

The Costume Designer works closely with the Production Designer and Director to establish the visual requirements of the script in pre-production, making sure the colours and imagery will blend. The work involves researching the costume requirements (particularly if it is a period production, to ensure that costumes are historically accurate) and breaking down the script to establish the number of costumes and changes of costume that the actors will require.  
The Costume Designer then plans, designs and supervises the purchase, hiring and /or making of all costumes for the production. Thereafter, the costume designer is working with the heads of department of wardrobe, hair and make-up. He/she supervises fittings of the actors at rehearsals with the director, to ensure the overall look will be right.  
When principal photography of the film begins, the Costume Designer is required to be on set during the establishment of each new scene or set up. While adequate preparation will ensure that the costumes as presented are accepted by the Director, it can happen that the requirements of any given scene may need changing or modifying. The Costume Designer works ahead, fitting and preparing costumes and ensuring everything required is available when scheduled for filming.  
The work of a Costume Designer includes paperwork and administration related to the costume department.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

A Costume Designer requires a lot of initiative and commitment as it entails working very long hours. It is important to get on well with people. It is important to be a creative thinker and posess good organisation skills. Fashion or Interior Design is desirable and it is important to have dressmaking and sewing skills.

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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Costume Designer - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Costume designer - from: GradIreland
Go..Set Designer - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Grafton Academy of Dress Designing
Address: 6 Herbert Place, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 676 3653 / 676 7940
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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 6412
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