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Matao ChamorroCourtesy of David Casavant archive

You (yes, you) are invited to try on iconic archive fashion

For one day only, David Casavant is opening up his collection – so if you want to front in that camo Raf bomber, now’s your chance

If you're into fashion, you've more than likely sunk a decent few hours into trawling the internet for rare archive designs by your designer favourites, and then felt your eyes water at the prices some things can fetch (£20k for a few Raf Simons x Peter Saville parkas, anyone?) Unless you're one of the privileged few, actually getting up close with this stuff is another question entirely.

But it might not be quite as hard as you think. This week for Art Basel Miami Beach, one collector of rare fashion gems is actually inviting members of the public to come and try out pieces from his archive. David Casavant has been collecting since he was a teenager, and has one of the most enviable fashion stashes going. Regularly lending to the likes of Rihanna, Kanye and Travis Scott, his wardrobe is full of iconic vintage pieces from Raf Simons, Helmut Lang and Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane.

This Thursday from 11am-7pm, he's teaming up with store MRKT Avenue Deux (the first in Miami to stock Raf) for a day-long long event where visitors can play dress up in the pieces. MRKT will be clearing their shelves for the occasion, and inviting guests to rifle through Casavant’s best clothes. As well as items from the designers above, there’ll be pieces from Margiela, Prada, Gucci by Tom Ford and more. It's an idea that would probably make many archivists feel faint, but Casavant is unfazed. “Clothes are no fun if people aren't wearing them and now everyone can,” he says. “I think that's what keeps the clothes alive.”

“Clothes are no fun if people aren't wearing them and now everyone can” – David Casavant

To celebrate, Casavant has created a limited edition zine to be given out to visitors, featuring a variety of artists interpreting the archive. “It started with my friend Jacolby Satterwhite,” he explains, referencing the artist known for his trippy 3D rendered video work. “I've been collaborating with him on his videos for a couple of years – I style them using my archive. Then I decided it would be cool to get my other friends who are artists involved to do the same thing and see how they could incorporate the archive into their work.” Artist Ryan McNamara has created a kaleidoscopic collage and Model Hanne Gaby Odiele has lent some drawings, while other names include artist Stuart Uoo and NY underground nightlife fixture (and ALTimate Kardashian) DeSe Escobar.

To get a glimpse at what you might be able to try, check out the gallery below – where Casavant details some of his favourite pieces. If you’re in Miami head down to MRKT Avenue Deux, 3824 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137 on December 1st. 

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