Hire and return 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 select and hire costumes from a supplier or stock room for a production and return the costumes after the production.

This may involve lending and returning costumes, inspecting and reporting damage,  dealing with missing items, storing costumes appropriately and managing budgets and cost implications.

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

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​interpret the costume breakdown and production requirements
  2. confirm budget constraints and mange the budget accordingly 
  3. work in collaboration with the supplier to identify and select the costumes required
  4. identify technology to be used within the production that may impact on costumes
  5. confirm the timescale and timetable in relation to costume requirements
  6. review and agree the suppliers  terms and conditions
  7. finalise costume selection and make the required payments
  8. follow the booking out process confirming numbers, sizes and delivery and return details 
  9.  take receipt of costume delivery and check against agreed requirements
  10. inspect costumes and report missing, damaged or dirty items
  11. ensure agreed repairs, improvements, cleaning or alterations are carried out
  12. oversee costume use and communicate potential damage fines and other financial implications to relevant staff
  13. store costumes in appropriate conditions 
  14. ensure costumes are labeled, packed and in a suitable condition for return
  15. return items within the required timescale or negotiate and agree revised timescales
  16. review and deal with any proposed breach of terms and conditions 
  17. communicate clearly with production staff and other relevant departments or individuals
  18. follow health and safety legislation and guidelines at all times

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. supplier terms and conditions
  2. cost of costume hire, including damage / repair costs, fines and other financial implications
  3. budget management
  4. production requirements, timescales and costume break downs
  5. the booking in / out process and requirements
  6. packing, labeling and  returning costumes
  7. records and documentation
  8. agree action where costumes have not been delivered / returned or have been damaged
  9. basic sewing and alteration tasks
  10. costume laundering/cleaning processes
  11. suitable storage conditions
  12. communication protocol with clients and colleagues
  13. statutory responsibilities under health, safety and environmental legislation and regulations


Scope Performance

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, Performing Arts

SOC Code



costume; wardrobe; returns; process; organise; monitoring; inspecting; reporting; damage; condition; storage; cost; implications