In IATSE Local 13, workers dispatched from the Wardrobe List can fill a variety of positions, such as:
Dresser - A dresser’s primary role is to assist performers into and out of costumes. They are also responsible for delivering laundry, checking over costumes to ensure they are in good repair, pressing or steaming costumes, and ensuring that costumes are hung up at the end of the night. Dressers are often divided into 3 categories: Principle Dressers, who dress a few principle performers; Ensemble Dressers, who dress the ensemble; and Floaters/Swings, who float around to various changes and tasks as needed. Each dresser track is different, so it is important to follow your track carefully.
Laundry - This person is responsible for taking care of the laundry in a production. Every show will have their own system to sort and distribute laundry, and a different schedule to wash costumes, so it is important to follow the directions given by the supervisors carefully.
Presser/Laundry Assistant - A laundry assistant will assist the Laundry person with the laundry in whatever way the show needs. Often they will come in on a different schedule than the Laundry person to start the wash or to dry things. A presser helps with the pressing of the laundry. Both roles may involve standing for long periods of time.
Stitcher - A stitcher is responsible for repairing existing costumes, and occasionally building new pieces. Strong sewing and time management skills are necessary to take this position.
Hair - The hair crew is responsible for applying and removing wigs and facial hair to performers, as well as maintaining those pieces. Often the hair crew will be called in during the day to wash and set wigs. Sometimes, Hair and Make Up will be combined into one position.
Make Up - Make up artists are responsible for applying make up to performers. Every show has very different, very specific needs, so it is important to follow the directions given by the supervisors carefully.
General Wardrobe - This is a blanket term used for someone whose role is less defined and may cover two or more of these positions. In this role, flexibility and the ability to follow directions carefully are key.
Steward - The steward can hold any of these positions, but who has the added responsibility of reporting hours worked by the crew, monitoring contract compliance, checking for tardiness, and answering any questions that arise regarding workplace procedures or the contract. The steward is the first person you should notify if you are going to be late.
Draper - Most often found in costume shops, a draper is responsible for creating patterns for costumes and fitting costumes on performers. Sometimes they will also cut and sew costumes. Patternmakers who specialize in menswear are usually called tailors and often draft patterns on paper rather than draping them on a form.
First Hand/Cutter - Most often found in costume shops, a first hand works closely with a draper to cut out the costumes and prepare the work for a stitcher. They may also stitch costumes or assist in fittings.
Crafts - Craftspeople work with hats, shoes, armor, belts, purses, bags, jewelry and other accessories. A craftsperson should be familiar with using a variety of techniques on a variety of materials.
Dyer/Painter - Dyer/Painters dye or paint material or finished costumes. They are also often called upon to distress costumes.
IATSE Local 13
312 Central Ave SE # 398
Minneapolis, MN 55414