McCord Museum presents

Opening on October 24th at Montreal’s McCord Museum, the Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration exhibition pays tribute to Quebecois designer Jean-Claude Poitras, unveiling his many creations and sources of inspiration from throughout his career.

By Luisa Tarantino

Jean-Claude Poitras is an iconic figure in Quebecois and Canadian ready-to-wear fashion. Presented in conjunction with the Musée de la civilisation, the exhibition is a chance to discover and explore the designer’s works and life as a designer from the 1970s to the 2000s.

Growing up an only child, Jean-Claude Poitras developed an interested in the creative arts, resulting in a lifelong love for cinema. Drawing inspiration from both his childhood memories, his family life, classic Hollywood cinema and French films, Poitras created designs that reflected the various worlds that left a mark on him. Many Quebecois celebrities became clients throughout Poitras’ career, later becoming ambassadors and even friends of the brand. But Poitras’ career didn’t keep him only in Quebec – he was an avid traveler and his career took him all over the world, from Asia to Europe, serving as sources of inspiration for new designs.

Tracing Poitras’ career and his many inspirations, articles of clothing, accessories, sketches, photographs, personal objects, love letters, ads, and material from fashion shows will make up the 130 artefacts in the exhibition, sourced from the collections of the McCord Museum and the Musée de la civilisation, and from Poitras himself between the years of 2001 and 2017.

In conjunction with the exhibition, which is on until April 26, 2020, a variety of fashion-related cultural activities will take place at the McCord Museum. Here are some of the upcoming events.

On November 13th, as part of the series Fashion at the Museum, Dress to Kill Magazine editor in chief and lecturer at ESG UQUAM Stéphane Le Duc, will interview Jean-Claude Poitras about the high points of his career.

On November 21st, McCord will be hosting an After Hours at the McCord event for young adults, offering a tour of the exhibition.

On January 30, 2020, Poitras will present the documentary Jeanna Moreau, l’affranchie in conjunction with the International Festival of Films on Art.

On February 4th and 11th, Poitras will be giving two talks on the history of fashion in Quebec since 1950 at the Université de Montréal.

On April 1st, Poitras and guest designers will discuss inspiration, collaboration, and artistic influence.

Make sure to check out the exhibition starting October 24th to discover an icon in Quebec and Canadian fashion, and visit McCord’s website for more information.

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Written on: October 23, 2019