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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Exhibition and Special Project Lead

Alexander McQueen - Regular
- United Kingdom

Innovative, uncompromising, romantic, provocative, upholding the power of emotion and the touch of the human hand: these are all elements that describe the fashion of the house of Alexander McQueen. The brand is synonymous with modern British couture, renowned for its strong identity and celebration of unbridled creativity. Integral to the McQueen culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: femininity and masculinity, fragility and strength, tradition and modernity. Under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, the house produces critically acclaimed collections, driven by unparalleled vision and respect for craftsmanship. Burton was made Head of Design for womenswear in 2000 and was appointed Creative Director in 2010. The luxury brand was founded by Lee Alexander McQueen in 1992. Among the greatest fashion designers of his time, the legacy of his work lives on.

Your opportunity:

Alexander McQueen is in search of an Exhibition and Special Project Lead, responsible for realising an open studio within our exhibition space(s), cultivating a creative community aimed specifically at inspiring students.  Our exhibition space provides access to the stories, teamwork,  materials and craft behind every collection. 

Our first successful installation, Unlocking Stories provided a unique close-up into the complex design processes behind Alexander McQueen collections, including archive pieces, toiles, fabric, embroidery and print development and the intricacies of handcraft and the use of cutting-edge technology to enable the design process.

How you will contribute:

  • Your primary goal will be to implement the creative directed by Sarah Burton into our dedicated exhibition space and manage the related projects.
  • Work closely with the CMO, Creative Director, CPO and external collaborators to realise all aspects of the creative
  • Coordinate and partner with peers cross-functionally (Press, Digital, Studio, Archive, Merchandising, Brand Image) to ensure timely launches and activation of events
  • Partner with the Store Director to ensure feedback from events is incorporated into future events
  • Manage the Store Exhibition team both in Head Office (2) and front facing in-store ambassadors (2)
  • Regularly visit the Exhibition space to ensure VM is at the highest standards
  • Incorporate the Exhibition programmes within the space, ensuring an education focus
  • Partner with universities, colleges and art institutions to build a strong programme of upcoming events, that is relevant to the House and audience
  • Work with the Brand Image team to build assets for narrative
  • Work closely with HR and the Senior Leadership team to implement a mentorship programme within the House
  • Closely collaborate with our legal team on all aspects of the exhibition space (articles, content, collaborations, copy, narrative)
  • Work independently and as a team to produce supporting literature/ audio/ content to amplify the exhibition and special projects
  • Work with the Art Director and external Art Directors on all aspects of the Exhibition space
  • Foster relationships with colleges and exhibition curators
  • Host Exhibition workshops and Press Appointments in addition to seminars across the industry
  • Act as a brand ambassador at all times, assisting with wider Communication projects as required

Your skills and experience:

  • Excellent creative eye with an exceptional understanding of the creative direction of the house
  • Strong relationships with significant industry / educational institutes / NGOs
  • Previous experience coordinating cross-functional teams to realise events – exhibitions/ curation OR educational background – teaching / lecturing creative
  • Excellent understanding of the design elements of projects
  • Ability to engage and inspire colleagues, clients and students
  • Proven project and budget management experience
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise, managing multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to establish new relationships with key creative profiles
  • Strong problem solving skills, with a creative yet pragmatic approach to art direction
  • Degree in a related discipline

Kering is committed to building a diverse workforce. We believe diversity in all its forms – gender, age, nationality, culture, religious beliefs and sexual orientation – enriches the workplace. It opens up opportunities for people to express their talent, both individually and collectively and it helps foster our ability to adapt to a changing world. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of their background.  

  • Full time
  • Europa
  • United Kingdom

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