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We are continuing our embellishment and mending series, this time we're repairing sweaterknits. This month's Other Lives Studio redesign workshop is inspired by runway designers as well as independent artists. Here are some of our favorites.


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Simone Rocha







KIJUN




Jil Sander SS08


Liz Bazan


Maison Margiela




Loewe

Coach



Don't know what to do with that torn sweater or knit accessory? Sign up for the workshop here!


June 27, 2024 7pm-9pm


Learn how to repair your clothing through embellishment. In this workshop at Maquette on Melrose, we will teach you how to update and revive torn pieces in your wardrobe through abstract hand embroidery and beading. We will work on hand sewing backing, beading and handmade embroidery.


Bring what you have and your curiosity and we'll create something new together!


We are always inspired by Japan, everything from its art to its philosophies of design makes us want to keep creating. This month's Other Lives redesign workshop took inspiration from Kitsungi and Sashiko, two Japanese mending art forms.



Kintsugi is the art of highlighting an object's history and imperfections by mending it with gold. Flaws and areas that need mending are seen as an opportunity to create an element of beauty.


Sashiko and Boro also provided a tremendous fountain of reference for this workshop. Both are functional embroidery techniques that were created out of practicality to reinforce and mend old garments in the Edo Era in Japan. Designers such as Maison Margiela, Yohi Yamamoto, Haider Ackerman and Jil Sander have used similar embellishment techniques for hand stitching details on the runway.


Sashiko by Sashi.Co



19th Century Boro



Maison Margiela FW11 Couture



Yohji Yamamoto SS09


Haider Ackermann FW15



Dior Homme FW16


Jil Sander SS08



Embroidery repairs can be taken as far as the imagination will take you. We love these runway embroidery details from some of our favorite designers.


James T. Merry



James T. Merry: Metal Moth headpiece for Bjork


Maison Margiela FW14 Couture


Phillip Lim SS14




Don't know what to do with that torn tee or want to repair a pair of jeans? Sign up for the workshop here!


March 6, 2024

Learn how to repair your clothing through embellishment. In this workshop, we will teach you how to update and revive torn pieces in your wardrobe through hand embroidery. We will work on hand sewing backing, beading and handmade embroidery.


Bring what you have and your curiosity and we'll create something new together!


Remember when you were a kid and you had the time of your life painting nothing in particular, just for fun? Well, fabric painting brings us back to that feeling. We've been so inspired by the creative freedom of abstract painting (as well as the presence it brings) and think its the perfect way to redesign a retired piece in your closet, and an even better way to hide un unsightly spot you can't seem to get out of your jeans. We are creating a workshop around this process and cannot wait to share it with you this summer. Our inspiration comes from runway pieces from Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Margiela, Off-White, Marni, Bottega Veneta and Yohji Yamamoto. Here are some of our favorites, starting with the most iconic runway moment from Alexander McQueen's 1999 No.13, featuring Shalom Harlowe being painted by Robots.



Alexander McQueen





Celine SS17



Maison Martin Margiela







Marni






Christopher Kane





Off-White SS20



Dolce & Gabbana FW20



Bottega Veneta




Yohji Yamamoto AW13




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