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Textile Instillation Assistant - Part Time

Denver Art Museum
Job Description

Assist with installation and deinstallation of Dior: From Paris to the World exhibition, including unpacking/packing couture garments and accessories; dressing mannequins; creating underdressing and touching up final looks.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Art handling of delicate couture garments and accessories.
  • Assist with unpacking and repacking of garments
  • Assist Dior team with preparation of under dressing materials; dressing and final touch up.
  • Exhibit knowledge and expertise with envisioning and executing mannequin silhouettes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively and constructively within a team framework
  • Knowledge of appropriate handling of couture garments
  • Understanding of fashion and/or costume design and the construction of garments
  • Knowledge of the materials and equipment required to execute the dressing and installation of mannequins
  • Good reasoning and problem solving ability
  • Demonstrate high level of discretion at all times

Knowledge, Skill and Ability

  • Proficient in all sewing and hand stitching techniques
  • Knowledge and understanding of ideal fit and silhouette for a range of garment types
  • Knowledge of underdressing; how to build up a dress form for long-term display of a garment
  • Extremely high attention to detail
  • Ability to work as a team member and with limited supervision
  • Ability to work well under pressure and time constraints

Education or Formal Training

  • Degree in art, fashion, design, studio arts, museum studies, or other related field preferred.


  • Experience as a seamstress, tailor, or production assistant helping with wardrobe, costumes etc. (or a similar role)
  • Experience handling haute couture or theatrical costume; dressing mannequins
  • Prior fashion or textile art museum exhibition mounting experience preferred, but not required


Material and Equipment Directly Used

  • Sewing machine and hand sewing materials
  • Hand and power tools
  • Art moving equipment including A-frame, carts, rolling racks, furniture dolly, pallet jack
  • Camera (35M, Polaroid, digital, ipad)
  • Handheld and freestanding supplemental lighting

Working Environment/Physical Activities

  • Museum, gallery, storage locations
  • Temperature changes
  • Exposed to hazards from electrical/mechanical/power equipment
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Lifting, pushing or pulling more than 50 pounds
  • Standing, walking, sitting, and climbing
  • Eye/hand/foot coordination


In order to best serve our current and future audience, we strive to maximize the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness of our organization. Candidates committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and multicultural competence are encouraged to apply.

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