New York Times:
There’s another Oscar-related clothes issue currently getting Hollywood all worked up: the fight for equal pay being waged by the members of the Costume Designers Guild. Costume designers, who are 83 percent female, are paid 30 percent less than production designers (their organizational-chart peers), who are 80 percent male, according to research from the U.S.C. Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the Annenberg Foundation.
For years, costume designers have been fighting for pay equity — an issue thrown into sharp relief by the difference in remuneration between the largely female Costume Designers Guild and the predominantly male members of the Art Directors Guild. Read More
Cruella costume designer Jenny Beavan used her Oscar nomination as a chance to make a statement on the award show’s red carpet. pay-equity/">Read More
In an industry plagued by pay inequity and gender bias, it’s no surprise that costume designers are victims of the same issues. “The majority of costume designers are women, and they are ignored,” says Perez, who’s worked as a costume designer on shows like The Mindy Project. “[The industry] thinking is, ‘Well, it’s just shopping, my wife can do that.’”
Pay Equity is defined as equal pay for work of equal value. This is a long-standing American ideal. In Costume Design it translates to being paid the same as other heads of departments such as the art director, production designer, and cinematographer.