Read interviews with some of the top costume designers in the movie industry today:
Interview with Costume Designer Janelle Nicole Carothers (The Perfect Match):
From Janelle: I usually get brought on about 1 month before depending on the scale of the production. Sometimes as late as two weeks. I collaborate with the Production Designer. I report to my directors and producers. The wardrobe budget is given to me and I review the script along with the budget and see what the script requires and if it can be done on the budget I was given.
Interview with Costume Designer Linda Muir (The Witch, Bitten):
From Linda: Research is my thing. I do thorough research to inform my designs. In preparing to design costumes for The Witch I read approx. 1,800 pages of material in books produced by British historian Stuart Peachey, covering every aspect of 17thC clothing, such as weaving and dyeing wool, garment construction and pattern making, and notions like buttons and braided ties.
Interview with Costume Designer Ginger Martini:
From Ginger: It’s not as easy as it looks on tv. The hours are beyond gruelling and at first the money is non existent. But keep at it. Be nice to everyone, cuz you never know where your next job is coming from and who that Production Assisant will be later (maybe your next Production Manager) and only work for free for a little bit. Then bill what you’re worth and if you are good at it, the money will come.
Interview by Matthew Toffolo at http://www.matthewtoffolo.com