Fashion Upcycling Short Course (Online)

Course Details

Select Intake: July 2022
Duration: 5 days
Taught in: English
Format: Live
Applications: Open
Limited to: 25 students per class
Tuition Fee: € 500
Application Deadline: to be announced

Since Sustainable Fashion is the future of retail, our future depends on us to be smarter with our textile waste. With over 21 billion kilos of clothing landing in our landfills every year (US alone), not only is this class fun but a necessity, worldwide. IFA Paris and Born Again Vintage will open the international doors of Sustainable Fashion via this Upcycling and Clothing Reconstruction Class.


When students can turn their old jeans into a fashion forward jacket or an old sweater into a trendy crop top, they are opening doors to new ways of looking at old/used clothing. One of the most surprising elements of this program is that no sewing experience is needed, and all experience levels can create recycled fashion. Students leave with a feeling of accomplishment that if they want something new, they can create it without spending a penny or going to any store. That changes the way they shop and ultimately how they see their own textile waste. Change starts small but has ongoing impact.

Teaching Strategy and Output:

You will be taught how to deconstruct a garment and reassemble using key parts of the garment. You will have several choices of projects that will be geared to your experience/skill level.

Once each garment is completely deconstructed, you will determine with Born Again Vintage’s help what key elements of the garment you would like to keep and parts you want to discard.

The pieces are then reassembled creating a completely different garment, the discarded pieces serve as extra fabric needed to embellish finished garment. Most to all of the original piece is used and/or ideas are given to utilize leftover fabric. This teaches the zero-waste concept.

This online course takes place live and in real-time (Paris or Istanbul local time) and you will interact with the lecturer and other students through our online platform. However, if you cannot attend or miss a live class, every session is also recorded and saved, so you can go back and watch it at a later suitable time for you.

Course Structure

Day 1: Intro to Clothing Reconstruction/Photoshoot – 5 hours
On the first day of class a full introduction will show the different steps in the “closing the loop” philosophy. Examples of different ways to be sustainable will be shown and discussed. You will be introduced to an array of before and after upcycled garments by Born Again Vintage to provide you with inspiration for your own work. Bridgett Artise will advise you on your thrift shop trips to source for materials for the rest of the course and the development of your project

Day 2: Garment Ideas & Deconstruction – 5 hours
You will show and explain garments you brought for reconstruction and what you are hoping to do with it. Bridgett Artise will give her ideas and together with her assistant finalize which ideas are feasible to create. After ideas are confirmed, you will begin the deconstruction process.

Day: Deconstruction of Garments – 5 hours
You will continue to deconstruct your garments until they are left with a blank slate to recreate your new garment. During this process, ideas will be shared/shown to elaborate the countless things that can be done with scraps and textile waste. Photos taken to continue to document the process.

Day 4: Clothing Reconstruction – 5 hours
The reconstruction of new garments will begin. Each student will get the help and guidance from Born Again Vintage and her assistant to slowly begin reconstructing the new garment. Pictures will be taken from start to finish to capture the entire process.

Day 5: Finalize Clothing Reconstruction – 5 hours
The reconstruction of new garments will conclude. Each student will have the time to finalize their garment/s and create a full look.

Fee Structure

Tuition Fee: 500
Early bird discount (10%) for tuition fee payments processed at least 7 months in advance of the enrollment deadline.

What is included in the fee:

  • Microsoft Office Pack
  • Access to IFA’s Online Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Course Material
  • Lecture
  • Temporary Access to DC Suite
  • 3D Prototype

What is not included in the fee:

  • Expenses related to module specific materials (ex: purchase of fabrics, future boards…etc)
  • Printing and photocopying costs
  • Thrift Shopping


  • A Sewing Kit
  • Secondhand clothing
  • A pair of scissors
  • Trimmings
  • A recent computer with a recent operating system
  • A good internet connection
  • An up-to-date web browser (it would be advisable to ensure you have access to two separate web browsers)
  • Microphone & Headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
  • Webcam