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.
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.
In celebration of the 30th year since the foundation of Maison Martin Margiela, our inaugural season of workshops will be focused on key design themes from the iconic Parisian designer Martin Margiela.
“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.
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.
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.
For questions and inquiries please email us at info@ArchivalToronto.com 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.
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