Clothing the Pandemic

A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World

Upcycled shirt mask

By Walid is a zero waste, sustainable, modern luxury fashion and home design company that upcycles antique textiles. The re-used shirt masks arrived in the studio on 4 August 2020 with the news of the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed over 200, and displaced over 300,000. Immediately, the British-Iraqi designer Walid Al Damirji, donated the proceeds from mask sales to charities supporting the survivors, illustrating not only the generosity of COVID-19 mask-makers, but also the complexity of life during the pandemic.

Walid Al Damirji for By Walid, England

August 2020

Designed in London, England

Made in London, England

Cotton, printed floral, woven stripe, cotton hand embroidery in running and herringbone stitch, plastic button

Royal Ontario Museum 


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