Take Three Mediums: Examples of Jobs After Your Costume Design Program

by Fran Walker
Fashion School Review Columnist

June 29, 2005

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Some people dream of working in costume design for TV. For others, costume design for Harry Potter would be a dream come true. Statistically, you are most likely to end up working on a theater production such as Macbeth, but there is a crossover between costume design in all mediums.

Costume Design For TV

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The quality of TV in the US these days offers costume design program graduates a stunning choice of careers. In costume design for TV and film, your costume design needs to work in close up. Your work will be intricate and leaves little room for error. Whether a cop drama, fantasy franchise or babe fest, costume design for TV would involve working closely with the director and effects team.

Costume Design for Harry Potter

Children's movies are big business. To be successful, there must be a perfect match between costume and set design, and a costume design program gives you these skills. The forthcoming Harry Potter movie - the most expensive film ever - will boast some of the most authentic and sumptuous costume designs and sets ever made. Costume designers working on Harry Potter will be glad of their training in period costume design.

Macbeth: Costume Design For the Theater

Likewise, when you are working on a theater production like Macbeth, you have five hundred years of costume design to contend with. The same is true of costume design for a period TV drama, movie and the similarities do not end there. In costume design for TV, film and the theater, you will work closely with the producer and director to make sure you realize their vision.

The director of Macbeth will be looking will be looking for costume design that stands out from a distance. Worn every day, detail will be less important than functionality. Macbeth's costume design might see you working on a tight budget. But big or small, TV, theater or movies, you will need to be a good communicator with a good network of contacts.

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Fran Walker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher specializing in educational, health, safety and domestic issues. Previously, she spent five years in marketing in the self-help, health and health and safety sectors before leaving to start a family

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