Pola Kardum was born in 1985, studied fashion design in Berlin and graduated in 2009. From 2009 to 2014 she worked for various costume departments in the film industry. Since 2011 she also works as a freelance costume designer and stylist for film, theatre and opera productions.
From 2015 to 2020, she regularly was a costume designer at the Opéra Lyon and at the Opera La Monnaie in Brussels. There she worked for productions of the director David Marton: Orfeo ed Eurydice, La damnation de Faust, Don Giovanni, Dido an Aeneas, Pique Dame and Capriccio. During that time she designed costumes for the cinema films Ich Will Mich Nicht Künstlich Aufregen und Weitermachen Sanssouci by Max Linz. Both films were shown in the Berlinale program. Her latest film, Golden Twenties by Sophie Kluge, was shown at the Munich Film Festival 2019.
She has worked as a costume designer at several German theatres such as HAU Hebbel am Ufer and the Munich Kammerspiele, where she was responsible for La Sonnambula and On the Road by David Marton. In 2019 she worked on Die Kränkungen der Menschheit by Anta Helene Recke, which was selected for the Theatertreffen 2020.
At the Maxim Gorki Theatre she designs the costumes for Community: An App For One Person, an intervention of the Political Voice Institute.