Theatrical Costumer Needed For Costume Shop in Old City Philadelphia

This is a full-time permanent position with benefits.

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 to 6:00.

We are continuing to grow and are looking for experienced theatrical costumers to help with our new clients and projects.

Are you a great theatrical costumer?

Are you an experienced costume person?

Do you enjoy collaborating with smart sassy costume people? Then you will love costuming with us!

Are you stuck doing the exact same thing every day? You won’t get bored at Pierre’s Costumes since we always have some fun and challenging projects going on every day.

Do you need a work / life balance but don’t see it coming anytime soon? Come work with us at Pierre’s Costumes where you don’t have to get up early for work, and you are home by dinner time.

Do you have unconditional support from the people you work with? We do, we are just like family. A quirky and funny family, but still family.

Do you take pride in your work and think others should too? If so, you will love working at Pierre’s.

Do you have a 10,000 square foot with 30 foot high racks costume closet to pull from? We do!

Do you hate looking for your next gig? Get out of the revolving door where you always are looking for your next paycheck. We pay you regularly and you don’t have to wait for the check to clear.

Are you trying to costume a production with a $500 costume budget for a cast of 65 performers? We only work with realistic budgets.

Has it been months since you took a vacation? Do you have to keep working jobs to make ends meet? Come costume with us, and we will pay you to take two weeks off every year.

Are you tired of working with people who just “don’t get it”? Come see us and work with people who enjoy working with other creative people.

Ever had to spend your own money on a costume? You won’t have to do that at Pierre’s Costumes. We provide everything you need for the job.

Does your current job offer reasonable hours, a regular paycheck, and no late nights? We only work during normal daytime hours, and you get paid every two weeks.

Do you pick up other people’s slack at your current job? We don’t tolerate that type of attitude at Pierre’s Costumes. Here everybody contributes to the creative process.

Do people around you forget to plan ahead and cause everyone to work late hours? We work ahead and schedule everything, eliminating stress.

Do you have to work through meals when costuming a show? At Pierre’s Costumes we won’t just let you have lunch, but we’ll buy it for you.

Do you often have to work with substandard equipment in makeshift conditions while costuming a show? We offer well lit clean spaces with all the equipment you need.

We costume for film, TV, theatre, corporate, non-profit, school, and promotions, just to name a few industries.

If you can relate to these questions and answers, and you know a little something about costuming, you should send your resume to Pierre’s Costumes right away – you won’t regret it!

Please include a .PDF or MS Word resume along with a cover letter to be considered.

E-mail your information to jobs (at) costumers (dot) com


Skills needed for position:

  • Past costume job experience.
  • Theatrical costuming skills.
  • Able to alter and mend rental costumes.
  • Expertise regarding time period costuming and familiarity with period costumes.
  • Knowledge of theatrical shows.
  • Familiarity with sewing machines, costume tools, and equipment.
  • Talent pulling costumes from stock.
  • Proficiency reading a costume plot and interpreting customer show notes.

Additional experience desirable for position:

  • Craft skills with costume props, headwear, and embellishments.
  • Costume design skills.
  • Organization, project management, ability to manage timelines.
  • Mascot creation and maintenance experience.
  • Ability to interact with customers to ensure they receive what they are looking for.
  • Creative flair when putting together wardrobe for film or TV.
  • Minimal sales experience and able convert client inquiries into actual clients.
  • Patterning, draping, and costume construction.
  • Aptitude researching and styling costumes for clients.
  • Familiarity with sketching and painting.
  • Photoshop use and competence.

About Us

Pierre’s Costumes is one of the world’s oldest full service costume and mascot manufacturers located in the heart of Old City Philadelphia.

Our stock of rental costumes is well over a million pieces, making us one of the largest costume shops in the country. We continue to maintain a full-service professional costume house, designing and manufacturing on the premises with our traditional tailoring techniques.

Pierre’s Costumes is one of the few places you can find such a range of costumes available to rent or purchase, mascots, hair-goods, make-up, and accessories all under our city block long roof.

Pierre’s Costumes is the culmination of Miller Costumier, Irvin Stern’s Carousel Costumes and Uniforms by Pierre among many others.

Miller Costumier, owned by Laura Miller, was established in 1876 after she retired from her stage career. Mrs. Miller was the first woman to own and operate a costume company in the United States. She was a member of high society, with her “comings and goings” being reported on the society pages, all while being an acting member of multiple theatre troupes. Her husband J. Horace Miller was nationally known for starring opposite of Julia Marlowe.

Irvin Stern’s Carousel Costumes was established in 1900. Irvin Stern was a preeminent tailor for Austria’s Emperor Franz Joseph before immigrating to the United States. His first project after emigrating was to tailor for President William McKinley during the Spanish- American War. He started out renting formal wear, before he added an extensive stock of costumes.

Uniforms by Pierre began in the 1930’s when Nathan Stomel, struck out on his own after training under his father at Stomel Clothing Company, a men’s tailor shop. He began with manufacturing of civilian and medical uniforms. During WWII he incorporated military uniforms into his business. In the 1940’s, he then transitioned to Pierre’s Uniforms and Costumes due to customer demand.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Pierre’s Costumes provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.