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Costume & Wardrobe Runner is the entry level – the equivalent of the Runner in the Production Office. I took Supporting Artists’ measurements was involved with costume construction, dressing and styling. I was given specific responsibility for crowd fittings, overseen by the Wardrobe Supervisors. I also undertook maintenance duties including washing, ironing, and alterations. As well as sourcing garments and managing Supporting Artists. I also tracked stock and ordering and a general upkeep of the workshop and store rooms.
As an assistant I helped to organise the Department, ordering supplies and helping to arrange any workrooms needed. I took artists’ measurements and assisted with costume construction, including ageing and distressing. During the shoot, I helped to organise the costumes, ensuring that the appropriate outfits are correctly placed for the Actors, helping with dressing and checking that the costumes match continuity. I monitored the costumes for damage, carrying out any last-minute alterations and repairs, or send garments to the workrooms for specialist treatment as well as keeping a record of all jewellery and clothing is worn by the Actors.
As a Student Costume Supervisor, I learnt for need to have a creative eye and exceptional organisational skills. They also need good people skills to ensure things run smoothly. The school help aid my skills to learn how to realise a costume design from design concept to the final costume on stage. I learnt how to organise costume fittings, quick changes and how to assemble the costumes required for complex dramas and operas. As well as elements of costume making I learnt how to source costumes, which includes hiring from professional hire-houses such as Angels Costumiers and the National Theatre, drawing from our own large stock or buying from high street shops. I took care of alterations, dyeing and ’breaking down’ to help achieve the overall design concept of the production