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PerSEPTion: This is what seven graduates in design and fashion design from the École supérieure de mode de Montréal (UQÀM) are calling themselves. True to the name, the group welcomed us to a space within the Centre de design de l’UQÀM, fragmented in such a way that certain parts of the room were masked, forcing onlookers to eagerly shift their gaze, or patiently sustain it to catch glimpses of the models as they crossed their line of sight—a totally unique experience that no doubt made life difficult for photographers.
The gala kicked off with Duc C. Nguyen and his research/creation project Coupé à vif—a collection of sensual red pieces with exaggerated curves complemented by sharp geometric accents—followed by the flowing, enchanting designs of Mélanie Poupart (a.k.a. MEL), which play with softness and transparency. Next, atelier b. co-owner Catherine Métivier unveiled her b side with a collection inspired by the apparel manufacturing process. The end product evokes a definite factory-worker feel, but with a daintier, more feminine touch.
Fourth up was Christine Charlebois, with her Uni-Forme collection: subdued, monotone pieces with minimalist lines which can be worn by men and women. In contrast, Laura Lapointe showcased her take on the Japanese Kimono with Feel, a series of cream-coloured, draping pieces achieved using fabric blocking.
Things took a surprising turn with Yandi Morgado Martinez's singular reworking of the classic plaid shirt, with unusual fabric pairings and a long, sleeve-like train. And under her eponymous label, Marilou Cormier Béïque closed the event with a line of daring bridal gowns that not only are worthy of a Tim Burton film, but also bring something truly fresh to the genre.
One detail was particularly pleasant: every show was preceded by a short, artistic video telling us what inspired the young designers. Such gems!
There was plenty to perceive throughout the event, with each presentation offering something different from the last, thus attesting to the diversity and creative prowess of the up‑and‑comers in Montréal's fashion scene.