Acquire resources needed to create the costume design

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 assist in sourcing and obtaining resources to achieve costume design requirements within an allocated budget.

This may involve researching and selecting services, working within time constraints, liaising with suppliers, managing people and resources, budget and account control and document and record keeping.

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

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​research and select suppliers who are able to meet the creative, budgetary and logistical requirements in relation to creating the costume design
  2. confirm with suppliers any specific necessities in relation to the  resources required  
  3. assess performers physical needs or personal comfort preferences and provide these where possible
  4. Identify, plan the engagement process and hire costume staff
  5. consider the creative and technical requirements related to the making-up of the costume design
  6. select suppliers that have the specialist and technical skills needed to fulfil the design concept within budget and production deadlines
  7. negotiate and agree the terms and conditions with the suppliers
  8. conduct relationships with suppliers in a way that promotes the best results
  9. select suitable resources and confirm availability of the required quality and  quantity
  10. agree delivery dates that meet the production schedule
  11. analyse and resolve problems related to costume resources, availability, quantity or quality
  12. keep records of orders and overall expenditure
  13. monitor compliance with the agreed budget regularly
  14. keep within budget limits, report potential budget increases, to the relevant person(s) and recommend suitable solutions
  15. follow the productions confidentiality rules and requirements
  16. communicate clearly with the production team and all relevant department/individuals
  17. follow health and safety legislation and guidelines at all times

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. ​potential suppliers that can supply resources in accordance with production requirements
  2. the creative, budgetary and logistical requirements of the design brief
  3. time constraints within the production schedule
  4. the creative preferences of the director and performers
  5. the quantity and types of resources required/available
  6. the creative and technical requirements of the costume design
  7. costume making processes and timescales
  8. how to negotiate with suppliers and agree terms and conditions
  9. accurate record keeping of the resources ordered and expenditure
  10. budget limitations and negotiation skills
  11. the productions confidentiality rules and requirements
  12. all departments /personal involved in the production and the communication protocol
  13. statutory responsibilities under health, safety and environmental legislation and regulations


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Scope Knowledge





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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; acquire; resources; design; assist; budget; suppliers; account; control; constraints; document; record keeping