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Assistant Costume Designer

Expert Sources: Alison Uhlfelder
Date: April 3, 2019
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Career Overview

Assistant Costume Designers assist Costume Designers with all looks for Actors on set. They also plan, create, organize, and help maintain clothes on set.

Alternate Titles

Theatrical Designer

Avg. Salary

$25,000 to $100,000

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Career Description

While an Assistant Costume Designer is responsible for helping come up with all looks for Actors on set, the job is much more than that. There are no “typical” days on set, although work life is usually differentiated between pre-production and production.

Alison Uhlfelder has been working in costuming since she moved to Los Angeles more than a decade ago. As an Assistant Costume Designer Uhlfelder says pre-production consists of “reading scripts, shopping for clothes, pulling items from costume rental houses, production meetings with the Director and my boss (the Costume Designer), fittings, and organizing each character’s changes so that everything is ready for the shoot.”

Production is a different animal that includes shopping, fitting, organizing “and also being on set to help establish the look of the characters with the Costume Designer to make sure everything is looking the way they envisioned.”