Profession costume buyer

Costume buyers work with the costume designer in order to identify the materials for the costumes. They buy and rent fabric, thread, accessories and other items needed to finish the wardrobe. Costume buyers may also purchase clothing items "off the peg", ready made. They base their purchases on the sketches of the costume designer.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Conventional / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Aesthetics

    Set of principles based on which something is appealing and beautiful.

  • Film production process

    The various development stages of making a film, such as scriptwriting, financing, shooting, editing, and distribution.

Skills

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Maintain relationship with suppliers

    Build a lasting and meaningful relationship with suppliers and service providers in order to establish a positive, profitable and enduring collaboration, co-operation and contract negotiation.

  • Mark differences in colours

    The ability to mark or detect differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • Identify suppliers

    Determine potential suppliers for further negotiation. Take into consideration aspects such as product quality, sustainability, local sourcing, seasonality and coverage of the area. Evaluate the likelihood of obtaining beneficial contracts and agreements with them.

  • Analyse costume sketches

    Determine which materials to buy to make or finish costumes by studying the costume sketches. Familiarise yourself with the colour scheme and style.

Optional knowledge and skills

check deliveries on receipt define costume materials synthesise clothing with accessories carry out internet research fabric types select costumes ensure continuity in the styling of artists organise costume fittings coordinate purchasing activities maintain inventory of rented items film studies manage logistics document costume stock manage rented goods returns dressmaking conduct costume research photography maintain costumes lighting techniques