The Fashion & Design Festival: Decidedly Design!

As of next week, the Fashion & Design Festival of Montreal, in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, will take over the Quartier des spectacles! Well known for its fashion schedule, The Festival also has a rich design section. Fan of design and architecture, you won’t be disappointed! Important names from the industry will give conferences opened to the public, in addition to plenty activities and workshops planned on the site.

“The Fashion & Design Festival acts as a creative laboratory to create, innovate, inform and experiment design for our visitors by modulating their experience. It pursues the mission to make the design universe and its components more accessible to the public. The design deploys itself on the Festival site that becomes a playground where it’s possible to explore, to play and to create new ways to think about the design in the public area. This annual event allows testing for alternatives, provokes creative meetings and favors the emergence” says Jean-François Daviau, co-founder of the Festival.

Top 3 design conferences

The speakers from the design universe you will not want to miss:

The artist of blown glass Jean-Michel Othoniel, from 10am to 11am on August 16th at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The conference is free but you have to reserve your place!

Did you hear about Toronto Sugar Beach and Montreal’s Quai de l’Horloge beach? These two projects are two of many design projects the firm Claude Cormier+ Associés has realized! Don’t miss the meeting with the landscape architect Claude Cormier on August the 18th from 10am to 11am at the Never Apart Art Gallery. Buy your ticket now: The Fashion & Design Festival: Decidedly Design!

Because it confuses us between furniture and a work of art, Ligne Roset is known worldwide for its luxurious style and its talent for contemporary design. Antoine Roset is THE meeting not to miss on August 17th at noon at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Reserve your seat now before there is no more seats available!

The workshops not to miss

Clothes Painting

The young artist Jessica Valoise will be performing live on the M.A.D. scene on August 17th at 5.30pm.. Join us for live clothes painting on male models. An experience that will surely be a blast!

Surf workshop

Plenty of design surprises are planned on the site of the Festival! Saturday August 20th ,be there because Shaper Studios will be presenting a workshop on surf boards that will take place on the M.A.D. scene. Original!

Cirque du Soleil costume workshop

Uniquely for the Festival, 6 artisans from the Cirque du Soleil created a structure that will be unveiled at the Quartier des spectacles! Showcasing the connection of different departments from the costume workshop, this initiative highlights the different talents involved in the shows of the Circus! Wednesday August 17th at 6pm, a free live performance will be organized around this masterpiece! Yours to discover!

The “parklet”

Visitors will find themselves in a distinct design environment and will be invited to take a break in the “parklet”, created by UQAM environmental design students during the “parklet” contest presented by Place Ville Marie. Made from wood, an iconic material for Quebecers, the structure creates a nice resting and meeting place!

Urban Glamping

Courtesy of Roulottes Ste- Anne, an airstream will be on the Festival’s site to welcome bloggers from here and elsewhere who wish to live the experience of a night in the heart of downtown Montreal. A very unique concept!

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Author: Alexe René

Translation: Florence Gagliardi- Desrosiers

Photo: Ligne Roset, Red Ploum Couch, Jessica Valoise





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