One-Day Intensive for Costume Designers

Seek New York offers a one day workshop for costume designers.
This daylong immersion into the world of costuming is created specifically for those who are serious about pursuing a career as a costume designer or wardrobe stylist. Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the field of professional costume design.

Intensive will expose participants to the world of costuming in NYC, as well as "real life" insight into what it's like to work in New York City, and useful advice and information to help make your costume dream a reality. Whether you're committed to a career in costume design or simply weighing your options, our one-day intensive will help you understand what being a professional costume designer is all about.
The one-day intensive is a private, highly customized experience structured to fit each designer's particular needs and goals. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with questions (and parental concerns!) about a career in costume design, sketches and shopping list (if working on a show), and a current portfolio and/or examples of design work for critique.

Possible inclusions:
  • See a working costume shop
  • Visit a costume rental house
  • Learn the proper way to swatch at fabric and trim stores
  • Purchase leathers, beads, buttons, feathers, flowers, and more at various Garment District retailers
  • Gain familiarity with shoemakers, dyers, pleaters, wholesalers, and other vendors servicing the theatrical trade
  • Shop at portfolio and artist supply stores
  • Discover the city's best vintage clothing shops
  • Find the most reliable place to get your scissors sharpened or sewing machine serviced
  • Shop for costume design, art, and theatre-related books
  • Tour relevant costume design or fashion-related exhibits
  • Learn how to hail a cab and use the transit system like a local
  • Understand how theatrical unions work, how and when to apply, and what happens once you're a member
  • Meet with costume designers, assistants, stylists, and wardrobe stylists, and others currently working in various aspects of the industry
  • Have your portfolio critiqued by a professional designer
  • Find out what it's really like to live and work in New York City, including "practical" stuff like where to live and how to find an apartment (and how much you can expect to pay for it!), what it's like to be a freelancer, and how much money you can realistically expect to make
  • Learn what will be expected of you on your first professional costuming job
  • Get tips on how to go about finding work
  • And more!
Costume design illustration.
Intensive workshop for costume designers in NYC.
Learn about costume design for Broadway shows.

Appropriate for:
  • High school students considering a major in costume design
  • College theatre design majors
  • M.F.A. in Costume Design candidates
  • Parents of aspiring costume designers
  • Recent graduates planning a move to New York City
  • Community theatre and amateur costume designers interested in taking their skills to the next level
  • Those considering a career change
  • Anyone interested in an in-depth look at how the industry works

Due to the individualized nature of this experience, group size is limited to a maximum of six (6) people, including any parents or guardians. Please note that anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day includes a working lunch/Q&A session. Cost of food and beverages is not included in session fee. Transportation (MetroCard and/or cab fare) is not included.

Interested in a shorter or less intense experience? Bringing more than six people? Consider our
Garment District Tour or our three-hour Costume Design Tour, or let us create a custom shopping tour including some of the fabric stores and industry retailers listed above.

Seek New York costume design workshops and classes