Producers and costume designers count on us because we’ve got it covered in our different membership classifications
Finished Costumers own the glamorous territory of the set, office, shops, and costume houses where they perform “on and off production” responsibilities and work with the finished costumes on shows, commercials, films and new media projects. That might involve cinching celebrity waistlines, camouflaging flaws, or accentuating curves. Finished Costumers are known for their last-minute creativity and MacGyverish ingenuity. Their main job is to acquire and maintain costumes worn by principal and background artists. Depending on the production’s needs, finished costumers may set or coordinate the look. They also collaborate with the costume designer to facilitate production needs. Other duties include management, pulling, shopping, and organizing, handling and general operation of the costume department.
Responsible for working with completed costumes
Custom-Made members were born with a silver thimble on their thumb, a feel for fabric in every cell and the ability to create a character out of whole cloth. They are the costume makers and managers who supervise the manufacturing department, make and cut patterns, and provide men’s and women’s tailoring. Custom-Made craftspeople also trim, stitch, alter and finish the costumes before they go in front of the camera. Other artisans in their group include milliners, textile artists, ager/dyers and leather artisans.
Responsible for the manufacture and alteration of costumes
Live Television Costumers are true quick-change artists working in the fast-paced, challenging worlds of soap operas, talk shows and game shows. (Think surprise guests and multiple shows taped in a day.) These daytime superheroes create or set the look and are responsible for the costumes designed, constructed and procured. Other responsibilities cover the general operation and assignment of specific costume-related duties, including script breakdown, budgeting, purchasing, manufacturing/alterations and costume continuity.
Responsible for costumes used under the Live Television Contracts.
Costume House Employees are Jacks and Jills of all trades who work in Costume Houses, which rent and manufacture costumes and sell costume-related supplies and equipment. Many of them are costume history buffs that are knowledgeable about different period and ethnic costumes. Costume house members facilitate costume rentals and made-to-order services for productions and studios that come to them to supply the special needs of their own costume departments.
Responsible for renting and manufacturing costumes.