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Design Assistant - Men's Footwear

Listing ID: 1035234

Design Assistant - Men's Footwear

Type of Position: Permanent Position
Company / Organisation / Artist Name: Alexander McQueen
Location: Central London, London, UK
Hours: Full Time
Twitter Handle: @
Deadline: Ongoing
Ad Expires In: 2 weeks 2 days

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 actively searching for a budding Design Assistant to drive footwear designs for the Alexander McQueen Men’s collections.  The role requires effective collaboration with all team members, a high level of attention to detail and confidence working in a fast paced and pressurised environment.  The successful candidate will have  excellent people and project management skills, extensive CAD/ technical drawing skills, strong product sensitivity, underpinned with a commercial mindset.

How you will contribute:

  • Assist in developing footwear designs for the Alexander McQueen Men’s collection
  • Under the direction of the Senior Designer, produce tech packs for sampling and production
  • Support the Senior Footwear Designer, gathering image research, produce sketches / technical drawings that respond to the Creative brief – respecting new looks and carryover
  • Maintain a strong process strategy for Footwear design development in close collaboration with Product Development teams in Italy
  • Effective design management, according to deadlines
  • Act as the first point of contact for Footwear Designs within the Menswear studio
  • Incorporate feedback from the Footwear Merchandisers to ensure designs also respond to customer purchasing trends
  • Support in checking samples, marking up with technical comments as appropriate
  • Attend design meetings and fittings as appropriate
  • Prepare specs, Fabric To Sketch sheets and proactively manage the Footwear Design administration  
  • Photographing and organizing prototypes and samples
  • Work closely with the Archive team to maintain the historical collection

Your skills and experience:

  • Previous experience (graduate/ placement year) working in Men's Footwear design (beneficial)
  • Excellent knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, as well as Microsoft Office
  • Strong drawing skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Alexander McQueen design aesthetic
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • The highest level of attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and requests, while working under pressure
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Able to travel when required
  • Excellent communication skills
  • ‘Can do’ entrepreneurial and innovative mindset

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