Costume Department


Last updated on February 16th, 2022 at 12:31 pm

The following jobs are within the Costume Department.

  • Costume Designer
  • Assistant Costume Designer
  • Costume Supervisor / Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Costume Co-ordinator
  • Costume Buyer
  • Pattern Cutter
  • Standby Costume / Standby Wardrobe
  • Costume – Casual
  • Wardrobe Assistant
  • Specialist Costume manufacture

In Australian A-Z Budget — Feature Films these roles are in section C.8 Costume Crew.

Job titles tend to use Costume / Wardrobe interchangeably. If you work in this space and want to update or explain the difference, please comment below. I’ve also heard the origin is UK Theatre versus US Motion Picture jargon.

Costume Department is Below-The-Line. The-Line is said to differentiate the team responsible for the creative control of a motion picture from the technicians and crafts-people who make the film. More accurately Above-The-Line people are attached during the Development phase of a production while Below-The-Line people are hired once the financing is in place and Preproduction phase begins. Costume, Art and Makeup departments are creative, but they still fall Below-The-Line.

Costume Department is considered Labour by unions such as MEAA so their minimum rates of pay are defined in the standard industrial agreements for each production sector.

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