Friday 19 November 2010

Denis Gagnon Shows All

Like architecture, fashion is an applied art, meant to be ‘inhabited’ and to say something, to express a state of mind, an identity, an aspiration.

Gilles Saucier, architect

The work of acclaimed Canadian fashion designer Denis Gagnon is presented in an exhibition curated by Stéphane Aquin in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, titled Denis Gagnon Shows All.

The setting for the exhibition was custom designed by architect Gilles Saucier. Read ahead for several seriously good quotes on how fashion and architecture are so alike.
In collaboration with Stéphane Aquin, curator of the exhibition and the MMFA’s Curator of Contemporary Art, Denis Gagnon asked the celebrated architect Gilles Saucier to design the setting for this installation. The Museum thus became a meeting place for fashion and architecture, two art forms that seem to be poles apart. Fashion is thought of as fleeting, at the mercy of the mood of the times and made of perishable materials. Architecture is monumental, designed to last for centuries. And yet, what the two have in common is the fundamental function of sheltering the human body. Saucier demonstrates his fascination with Gagnon’s creations in the setting he has designed for the exhibition, which displays some fifteen garments together with photographs and projections.
If you are lucky enough to be in Montreal sometime in the following months, don't miss it! The Denis Gagnon Shows All exhibition will be open free of charge from October 19, 2010 to February 13, 2011 in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal.

Story via Suites Culturelles.
Quoted text via The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
All photos in this post by Christine Guest.


Toyin O. said...

Looks fascinating, thanks for sharing.

Paula Plee said...

im glad that i found your blog. im a architecture student trying to make fashion be more present in my work.