Tag: McCord Museum

The McCord Museum’s Artist-in-Residence Niap weaves a story of Inuit women through inventive beadwork

The McCord Museum’s newest Artist-in-Residence, Niap, is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. Her sculptures, textiles, and murals are currently displayed in some of Canada’s largest galleries. On March 25, her new exhibit, Piqutiapiit—meaning “precious belongings” in Inuktitut—premiered at the museum, a display of past and present Inuit beading[Read More…]

‘Christian Dior’ exhibit highlights the simple extravagance of post-war haute couture

Over time, the fashion industry has grown to rely on brand recognition to drive popularity and sales. Fashion houses such as Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Dior have long remained in the cultural consciousness because they—quite literally—made a name for themselves. Backed by full-monogram outfits, celebrity brand[Read More…]

New McCord exhibit depicts Griffintown as a fractured landscape

Urban redevelopment looms over Montreal with a constancy that borders on parody. Whether these changes impact a single street or an entire neighbourhood: The threat of an orange cone is ever-present. Since 2013, Griffintown—downtown’s southwestern neighbourhood, historically home to Irish industrial workers—has been Montreal’s most recent target for urban renewal.[Read More…]

Style and the city

What defines Montreal style? The typical outfit around campus often features heavy parkas, rolled up beanies, and thrifted sweaters. Montreal’s climate requires practical outerwear while its social scene requires tasteful dress. While it’s impossible to pin down a single style for an entire city, Jean-Claude Poitras, one of Montreal’s best-known[Read More…]

A fast-paced night showcases slow fashion in Montreal

The McCord Museum’s ‘After Hours: Slow Fashion’ event on Nov. 21 brought together members of Montreal’s fashion community for a night of celebrating sustainable style. The night’s programming focused on promoting creative and eco-friendly clothing and highlighted creative and ethical alternatives to fast fashion, the inexpensive clothing produced by mass-market[Read More…]

‘Wearing our Identity’ explores the cultural significance of indigenous clothing

The McCord Museum’s newest addition to their permanent collection,  Wearing our Identity. The First Peoples Collection, explores the historical, cultural, and spiritual significance of Indigenous clothing. The exhibition showcases garments and artifacts associated with clothing production, such as needles and bone scrapers, to demonstrate how clothing shapes identity, and the role of fashion as a tool for self expression within Indigenous and First Nations cultures across Canada. The exhibition also documents the effects of colonialism and the relationship between westerners and Indigenous people, as captured within their clothing.

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