Set up and dismantle a temporary costume area

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 set up a dedicated costume area whilst filming on location, using the area throughout the production for costume work and dismantling the set up at the end of the production. 

This may also involve assessing and selecting suitable area, creating a functional workspace, taking costume deliveries, and storing them appropriately and packing items for transfer. 

This standard may be applicable to costume supervisors, costume and costume assistants,

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​assess the production costume requirements and estimate facilities needed  
  2. assess areas available and select the most suitable, considering location, access and resources  
  3. consider security, confidentially and risk issues  
  4. obtain permission to use the chosen work area 
  5. identify equipment and tools required to maintain costumes  
  6. work within the production budget 
  7. communicate the chosen area position to the production team 
  8. assemble and organise equipment within the chosen area considering obstacles, access, hazards and safety conditions 
  9. coordinate costume maintenance within the work area such as cleaning, repairing, ageing and distressing 
  10. manage and maintain the work area 
  11. organise suitable transit for costumes, tools and equipment 
  12. dismantle the work area and prepare tools, costumes and equipment for transport 
  13. follow the productions confidentiality rules 
  14. communicate clearly with production staff and other relevant departments or individual 
  15. follow health and safety legislation and guidelines at all times

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​the production requirements and schedule  
  2. the film set and scene locations 

  3. the budget and timescales at your disposal  

  4. the area / space available 

  5. security and confidentiality risks and how to keep them minimal  

  6. how to identify and liaise with other departments 

  7. the quantity and quality of costumes required where to obtain production information 

  8. the shooting order  and timescale relating to costume requirements and dressing time  

  9. equipment needed to perform costume tasks  

  10. how to organise, locate, position and install equipment 

  11. travel preparation requirements  for costumes and equipment  

  12. how to care for and maintain costumes 

  13. timings in relation to the dismantle of the work area  

  14. how and where to dispose of waste 

  15. how to source and arrange transit for equipment and costumes 

  16. the legislative and regulatory requirements applicable to handling and storing hazardous materials 

  17. the productions confidentiality rules 

  18. the communication protocol with production staff and other relevant departments or individual  

  19. statutory responsibilities under health, safety and environmental legislation and regulations


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2025





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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

SOC Code



costume; wardrobe; dismantle; set up; work area; maintenance