Costume Department

The following jobs are within the  Costume Department.

  • Costume Designer
  • Assistant Costume Designer
  • Costume Supervisor / Wardrobe Supervisor
  • Costume Co-ordinator
  • Costume Buyer
  • 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.

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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