Profession dresser

Dressers assist and support artists before, during and after the performance to ensure the performers costumes are in line with the artistic vision of the director and the artistic team. They ensure the costume quality, maintain, check and repair costumes and assist with quick costume changes.  

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Standard sizing systems for clothing

    Standard sizing systems for clothing developed by different countries. Differences among the systems and standards of different countries, the development of the systems according to the evolution of the shape of the human body and their usage in the clothing industry.

Skills

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Dress actors

    Dress performing artists.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Preset costumes

    Make sure the costumes are set in place for the performers before the performance.

  • Perform costume changeovers

    Perform quick costume changeovers during rehearsals and live performances.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Work safely with machines

    Check and safely operate machines and equipment required for your work according to manuals and instructions.

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

    Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.

Optional knowledge and skills

wash costumes promote yourself history of fashion manage consumables stock advise client on technical possibilities prevent fire in a performance environment maintain costumes document your own practice work safely with chemicals work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision develop professional network keep personal administration