Maintain and service costumes

Business Sectors (Suites): Costume for Film, TV and Theatre Productions
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 30 Mar 2021


​This standard is about your ability to maintain and service costumes, keeping them clean and in good condition prior to and during productions.

This may involve identifying the correct servicing techniques, checking, and repairing costumes, keeping accurate and relevant records, labeling the costumes and storing and protecting costumes from damage.

This standard may be applicable to costume supervisors, costume assistants, costume standbys and wardrobe assistants.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​examine costumes and assess condition
  2. identify required repairs, alterations and improvements and agree them with the relevant person

  3. carry out basic sewing and alterations and 'mark up' more complex repairs and alterations

  4. label and hand over costumes and instructions of work required to the relevant person
  5. examine returned altered/repaired items and ensure they meet  the required standard and instructions
  6. select servicing methods which are appropriate for the costumes' materials and embellishments
  7. determine and agree the most suitable option for dealing with costumes that are impractical to service
  8. check the design brief for stated costume service requirements and service costumes accordingly
  9. check terms of agreement if using a hire company and service costumes accordingly
  10. note and report accidental damage to costumes during servicing
  11. seek advice from the relevant person(s) should costumes be damaged during servicing
  12. re-label serviced costumes with relevant information
  13. store serviced items and ensure that they are readily available to meet production requirements
  14. ensure costumes are secure, kept in the required conditions and protected when not in use
  15. follow the productions confidentiality rules and requirements
  16. communicate clearly across production staff and other relevant departments or individuals
  17. follow health and safety legislation and guidelines at all times

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​the production costume requirements, time constraints, and production schedule
  2. stock room operations and procedures
  3. costume storage conditions, protection, and stowage techniques
  4. basic sewing, maintenance and servicing tasks
  5. procedures for complex repairs or alterations
  6. the types of materials in common use for costume construction and embellishment and the frailties of each in relation to servicing treatment
  7. continuity requirements of the production
  8. costume records and labelling, information required
  9. the terms of agreement in place when using hire companies

  10. legislative, regulatory and organisational requirements in relation to the safe use and handling of servicing equipment and agents

  11. the productions confidentiality rules and requirements
  12. production staff and other relevant departments involved in the production and the communication protocol
  13. statutory responsibilities under health, safety and environmental legislation and regulations


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2026





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Associate Professionals and Technical Occupations, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Media and Communication, Media Associate Professionals, Performing Arts

SOC Code



costume; wardrobe; maintain; service; condition; production; repairing; records; labelling; storing; protecting; damage