ARTEFACT VI — CANOPY
ARTEFACT / May 25, 2022
Limited edition womenswear reconstructed from original Canopy...
The ARTEFACT series is an exclusive and highly limited RÆMADE capsule produced on a made-to-order basis. Established as a reaction to the mounting material and inventory crisis, ARTEFACT is all about effectively repurposing pre-existing materials in our archives.
ARTEFACT VI: CANOPY 80” - TYPE/MK GQ10140 ISSUE 10
DATE OF ORIGIN: 1980
DATE OF RECONSTRUCTION: 2022
CAPSULE: CANOPY DRESS, CANOPY CARGO PANT, CANOPY TEE DRESS, CANOPY OFF-CUT TEE
ARTEFACT VI challenges the original purpose of a small batch of Airbrake drag canopies, constructed in 1980 by Irvin GQ. A rare, cotton-based device that features elegantly distinctive details, akin to that which have become iconic within the RÆBURN branding - effortless paracord and intricate hand finished cords.
Each canopy comes in its original packaging, arriving in the lab with an incredible amount of character, creating a truly curious unpacking experience. Record logs accompany the drag canopies, confirming that they never experienced their designed purpose, to slow down fast-moving planes or to act as a drogue parachute to open larger canopies. An incredible high-performance piece of kit, that has now been acquired to fulfil a uniquely different purpose at RÆBURN design.
All original details, from taping to the unique parachute cord with green fleck detailing have been diligently preserved in the deconstruction process and remain recognisable on the final product – each inherently unique depending on which part of the canopy has been used. Having been meticulously anatomised in order for Zory, our Head Seamstress, to establish which sections can be optimised to create the best product, laying out all pieces as a deconstructed puzzle, this process helps to determine how we celebrate authentic labels such as the GQ Irving labelling seen on the Canopy Dress stand collar
3 full canopies were used to create the limited capsule, with any off-cuts being used to create the ARTEFACT VI Cuff Tee, which repurposes off-cuts created during the production process.
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