Juilliard: The Draper works with a larger group of dedicated and talented artisans, developing patterns and overseeing the full construction of costumes from Designer sketches and research.
Wardrober / Stylist
Greater New York City Area
Jul 28, 2023
The Draper works with a larger group of dedicated and talented artisans, developing patterns and overseeing the full construction of costumes from Designer sketches and research. As part of the Production Department, their work is an integral part of providing the highest caliber of production experience for the gifted students for whom public performance is a keystone to their training. This is a full time seasonal, 40-week position with a salary of $47,000 - $49,000.
- Develops the specifics of the construction for each assigned costume through research and discussion with the Designer and Assistant Shop Supervisor.
- Drapes and develops patterns from Designer sketches, calculating the fabric yardage. Then prepares mock-up samples for Designers as needed.
- Manages team workflow with the assistance of their First Hand. Supervises the Design Assistant, Stitchers, and per diem employees at all stages of costume development inclusive of guiding the cutting and stitching process, so as to maintain a consistent high level of quality.
- Coordinates fitting requests with the Design Assistant and Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor, attending and directing fittings as needed.
- Attends dress rehearsals in the evening and on weekends if necessary.
- Assists in the completion and alteration of costumes other than those being built as needed.
- Is responsible for meeting deadlines, often while working on several productions at the same time.
- Participates in the training of the shop Apprentices, including teaching them proper sewing techniques.
- Assists with the taking of student measurements as well as helping with restocking when needed.
- Attends weekly shop meetings.
- Fulfills maintenance duties on a daily, weekly, and yearly basis in the costume shop and storage areas.
- Two years experience in a professional costume shop.
- Demonstrated ability in a wide range of clothing construction techniques and alteration methods.
- Experience in costume construction for opera, drama, and dance productions.
- Proficiency in flat patterning, draping, tailoring techniques and fabric manipulation.
- Proficiency in the use of industrial and domestic sewing machines as well as sergers.
- Proficient hand-sewing skills.
- Knowledge of costume history and vocabulary.
- Ability to maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
- Strong verbal communication skills.
- The ability to multi-task.
- Previous experience in an educational institution.
- Experience in the training of staff or apprentices.
- Computer literacy, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
Please note that a cover letter is required of all applicants. An application cannot be submitted without a cover letter.