Do you have a passion for Fashion? A craze for costume and clothing? Would you like to be an apprentice for the one of the largest and longest established costume houses? Angels The Costumiers is opening it’s doors to 3 new apprentices in it’s North London HQ and you could be one of them!
Angels the Costumiers are the largest and oldest Costume House in the world, having been supplying costumes to the film, television and theatre industries since 1840.
In the 1840s, actors were expected to purchase their own costumes for auditions and performances, so when Morris Angel, then a trader in secondhand clothing and tailors’ samples, introduced the option for actors to hire items for the first time, they jumped at the chance. The service soon became popular and generated many dedicated clients.
With the advent of cinema, the Angel family extended their loans service by supplying costumes to the fledgling movie industry. To the present day, Angels The Costumiers is a success story within the British (and international) film industry. Since 1948, when costumes supplied by Angels received a Best Costume Academy Award for Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, Angels has supplied costumes to a total of 33 Best Costume Oscar-winning films including Star Wars (1977), Titanic (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Memoirs of a Geisha (2006) and Alice in Wonderland (2011). Angels The Costumiers have also provided for countless TV series including Dr Who, Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones. In 2008, Angels acquired the BBC Costume department, making the business the largest costume house in the world and expanding their collection of contemporary and recent historical items. Angels The Costumiers now uses a warehouse containing over 6 million individual items stored on eight miles of hanging rails.
Angels are currently looking for 3 Creative Apprentices to work in their costume department, which is in Hendon, North London. Angels are delighted to announce that this unique opportunity will allow candidates to gain nationally recognized qualifications, whilst also working in paid employment at the world’s largest most well-known Costume House.
Where else in the world could you work on costumes for Oscar-winning films, the biggest dramas on TV as well as for world-famous operas and theatres? Applicants must be at least 17, and not have any previous level 4 qualifications (i.e. you mustn’t already have a degree). A strong academic background is not essential – more important is a strong interest in film, a love of history and fashion, an eye for detail and an organised mind.