Job Details

Job title

Menswear Curator, University of Westminster

Location

London, United Kingdom

Level

Executive / Coordinator

Function

Teaching & Education

Posted

Contract

Freelance / Contracted, 30K - 40K

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Job Description

Menswear Curator (Fixed Term,1 year, 0.8 FTE)

We are seeking a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and experienced curator to lead on the curation of the new Westminster Menswear Archive, based at the University of Westminster. You will be responsible for the care, management and development of the menswear archive and collections. You will work to ensure museum standards are achieved across the entire collection and draw on your expertise to advise on best practice in heritage conservation.  Using your excellent interpersonal skills, you will develop a strong professional network of peer organisations to support loans and acquisitions. With a solid knowledge of 20th-century designer menswear history and a passion for utilitarian and uniform dress, you will develop specialist knowledge and work with the fashion academics and others to broaden access to collections through exhibitions and the wider public programme. 

Closing date:  27th February 2017 

Interviews are likely to be held on 6th March 2017  

Administrative contact (for queries only): Recruitment@westminster.ac.uk 

Please note: We are unable to accept any applications by email. All applications must be made online. CVs in isolation or incomplete application forms will also not be accepted. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • Ensuring that collections are properly preserved
  • Researching, compiling and preparing written information about the collection    
  • Maintaining records and cataloguing acquisitions
  • Developing and organising new collections to expand and improve educational and research facilities
  • Main duties and responsibilities of the role:
  • Extensively researching, negotiating prices on and buying items that will add value to the collection
  • Contributing to the development of the Westminster Menswear Archive website
  • Collaborating with other institutions
  • Raising funds and grants

About Us

Introduction to Westminster Menswear Archive  

This is an exciting time for fashion at the University of Westminster. Building on our outstanding international reputation for our BA Fashion Design course and ground-breaking two-year MA Menswear course, we are now set to launch the Westminster Menswear Archive, another global first for the University of Westminster.

The archive has been founded for the purpose of establishing a collection of garments and related artefacts to encourage and develop the study of menswear design from a technical and functional point of view. The archive is also intended to advance the general knowledge of menswear as a design discipline, and to be used as a resource tool to inform contemporary menswear design. Therefore, we expect users to include students, researchers, academics and members of the menswear design industry that will be using the archive for research and design inspiration.

Based in Harrow the Menswear archive has examples of some of the most important and exciting menswear garments covering the last 100 years. The archive includes garments from Stone Island, CP Company, Craig Green, Alexander McQueen, Adidas, Jean Paul Gaultier, Belstaff, Barbour, Levis, Jeremy Scott, Berghaus, Nanamica, Penfield, Griffin, and Comme Des Garcon. 

Additionally, the archive includes a large range of utilitarian and uniform garments from the Army, Police, US Marines, GPO, Coldstream guards, French Fire service, and others.