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As a confident and ambitious creative assistant and stylist with experience in fashion design and retail, I have developed a range of transferable skills including knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator that I am looking to utilise in a challenging new role after four years in the retail industry. I enjoy working as part of a forward thinking team, researching ideas and driving brands forward with creative solutions. In past and present roles I have coached and supported the development of others as well as provided support to those in senior positions, and taken on leadership roles in their absence.
My role as Senior Creative Assistant involves maintaining excellent visual standards in store including installation of window schemes, styling mannequins to company guidelines as well as using my own independent research into fashion trends and implementing exciting in store displays. Managing creative budget, planning weekly tasks, organising workloads and works undertaken by external contractors, and leading the implementation of new window schemes, creative props and displays, troubleshooting where necessary. Coaching staff members for whom a creative role is a next step and supporting their development, arranging training and obtaining relevant feedback. Prioritising jobs based on management feedback, head office communications and commercial observations in order to adhere to timelines. I am required to work with others at all levels from store team, influencing VM’s and store management to building relationships with the field creative team, creative assistants from other London stores and relevant head office departments. I also provide support to other stores in the London area as well as head office teams at new store openings, refurbishments and model store set ups which occur twice a year. CREATIVE - Mannequin styling - Window scheme installations and de-rigs, my favourite of which include: Ivy Park and Pride 2016. - Seasonal in-store creative installations - Renovating existing mannequin wigs for new season - Updating mannequin make up for new season - Researching new season concepts and contributing to mood boards - Produced window props for London, L.A and New York flagships at Black's VM warehouse in Wetherby - Styling mannequins for Topshop Unique VIP pre-launch event at London Edition Hotel - Made small scale sample of in store creative - Application of large wall and column vinyl and in store signage. TEAM - Briefing retail team leaders on new season trends/key outfit builds. - Introduced new procedure for briefing in signage and vinyl to Graphics department to make process more efficient - Created two week plan for work experience student's placement - Played a key role in Beyonce's Ivy Park launch, including window installation - Support development of junior team members - Introduce retail team leaders to Creative department with floor walk and created accompanying info sheet - Supporting management team, creating CPA's and writing handovers - Ordering storage units for denim signage in creative studio to improve efficiency.
• Merchandising trends • Assisting planning of commercial floor layouts • Linear counts and calculating densities • Ensuring commercial product placement • Fixture placement • Replenishment
I completed a two week work placement at Angels the Costumiers where I shadowed costume designers. I assisted selected costumes based on client briefs, packing items, repairs and helping with research. Angels has an in house library where I had the opportunity to do some of my own research and pull together outfits of my own. I developed a lasting interest in costume and historical dress and this has proved to be useful in my current role as I have knowledge of the history of fashion, and I can refer to this when styling.