How Wardrobe Departments Create Iconic Styles for TV and Movies

Have you ever wondered how iconic styles are created for your favorite TV shows and movies? Behind the scenes lies an unsung hero – the wardrobe department. From extravagant period pieces to futuristic ensembles, the costume designers work tirelessly to ensure that every garment perfectly portrays a character’s identity. But they’re not alone in this creative process – they have a whole team of talented individuals who bring their vision to life.

In today’s blog post, we will dive into the fascinating world of wardrobe departments and explore the roles of costume designers, supervisors, standbys, art finishers, buyers, and cutters/fitters.

So sit back and get ready for some exclusive behind-the-scenes insights into how these magicians create unforgettable looks that make our screens come alive!

Costume Designer

The costume designer is responsible for all the clothing and costumes worn by the cast. They design and plan construction of the garments down to the fabric, colours, and sizes.

Costume Supervisor

The costume supervisor works closely with the designer to supervise the creation or sourcing of garments, hiring of support staff, budget, paperwork, and department logistics.


Costume Standby

The costume standby is present on set at all times to monitor the quality and continuity of the actors and actresses costumes before and during takes. They also assist the cast with dressing.

Art Finisher

An art finisher may be employed during pre-production to “break down” garments. This specialised job includes making new clothing appear dirty, faded and worn.


On large productions a buyer may be employed to source and purchase fabrics and garments.


A costume technician who fits or tailors costumes, usually on-set. They can also be called seamstresses or tailors.


The wardrobe department may not always receive the recognition it deserves, but their work is what brings our favorite characters to life and transports us into different eras and worlds. From the creative vision of the costume designer to the precision of a cutter/fitter, every member of this team plays a crucial role in delivering iconic styles that capture our attention.

So next time you watch your favorite show or movie, take a moment to appreciate the hard work and dedication put in by these talented individuals behind-the-scenes. And now armed with some exclusive insights into their roles, you can better admire the magic they create on screen.



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