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Workshops designed to bring archive fashion to life.

DIY by Archival Toronto workshops are designed to gain a better understanding and appreciation of contemporary fashion history and design research through hands-on classes that will focus on deconstructing and recreating iconic pieces from the body of work of a featured designer.

How does DIY by Archival Toronto work?

DIY works in a community learning environment.

The workshops start off by exploring together key concepts and significant moments in the legacy of our featured designer: Martin Margiela, then an introduction to the highlighted piece we'll be working on for the day. 

After which, enrollees will be able to reconstruct the piece with the guidance of our in-house team and each other. Learning the techniques and ideologies that went behind their construction and allow for a creative space to really make it your own and take it to another level.

All materials to reproduce the pieces is included in the enrollment fee and you'll get to keep what you make.

We welcome everyone from all skill sets to join us whether you're a sewing newbie or a seasoned expert. This series of workshops will rely entirely on hand-sewing.


2018: The Year of Margiela

In celebration of the 30th year since the foundation of Maison Martin Margielaour inaugural season of workshops will be focused on key design themes from the iconic Parisian designer Martin Margiela.


[Series 1 Theme] "Recycling/Vintage"


“I like to collect old clothes and give them another life. When they are lying there, they are dead.”
- Martin Margiela


Maison Martin Margiela defines recycling as The desire to give a garment a second life, with old and new accessories to update it, to reconstruct it, to make a clean break from previous associations. 

For this series of workshops, we will be looking at works from his legacy that embody this ideology. Where he took simple and often discarded vintage shirts and sweaters and revitalized them into truly special luxurious pieces in a way that not only embodied an unparalleled sense of creativity but also a commitment to sustainability.


For the Preview Workshop we will be focusing on the following piece:


Vintage Sports Sweater Reconstructed As A Cross Body Bag (1999)

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⓪⑩ '99 Sweatshirt Bag

Margiela used a series of vintage sports and collegiate sweaters to make messenger bags out of them. Using simple techniques and a penchant for intelligent design he brought new life to pieces that have stood the test of time.

Event Details

Preview Workshop: MARCH 10 | 2 - 4 PM

  • The enrollment fee for this preview workshop will be $53 

  • Price is inclusive of all materials needed and some refreshments.

  • Participants will be able to keep what they made and can bring their own materials to work with if they so choose.

  • The workshops will be 2 Hours long.

  • Keep in mind this is a preview of our main concept "DIY by Archival Toronto" which will launch April 2018. This PREVIEW WORKSHOP is organized to manage logistics and final details before launch, so we are offering this event at a discount.


For questions and inquiries please email us at or DM us on instagram @archivaltoronto

** All materials for reproduction will be sourced from within Canada/Toronto and the reference pieces will be original MMM pieces from our archives.



    Preview Workshop:

    Date and Time: March 10 | 2 - 4 PM

    Venue: 555 Richmond St. West Toronto, Ontario 4th Floor, Suite 410



    Terms and Conditions

    • Enrollment once confirmed is non-refundable and non-transferable.
    • We encourage people over the age of 17 to join the event to really maximize the learning experience though we do not have an age requirement
    • There is a maximum limit of 15 students for the preview workshop
    • Participants will be asked to sign a release of liability waiver prior to each workshop
    • The Reference Pieces, Guides, Molds and Tools used are all properties of Archival Toronto and reproduction of any kind without express permission is not allowed.
    • You can bring your own tools and sewing materials if you prefer but basic materials will be provided at the venue and is covered in the enrollment fee

    All product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners, which are in no way associated or affiliated with Archival Toronto. Use of these brands and names does not imply any cooperation or endorsement.