Monday, September 29, 2014


Finally back home from Montreal and N.Y., I am able to post about a very interesting exhibition I went to see last thursday at Université de Montréal 

It was about a Créateur de Costume named François Barbeau, born 1935 in Montréal. Apart from being a costume designer, he has worked as a theatre director, artistic director and set designer as well.
Right after his graduation from the Cotnoir Caponi School for haute couture in 1952, he was hired and created costumes for local theatres.
Later on for the Théâtre Botanique in Brussels, the Théâtre Populaire in Strasbourg, the Comédie Française, as well as Cirque de Soleil and many dance- and ballet companies in North america. He has also worked on programs for television and film. -And even at 81, he is still going strong.

Because of copyrights, I was not able to take pictures myself. But I had a nice chat with the host, who was so kind to give me an e-mail address, so I could aquire the pressphotos, which is shown in this post.

The exhibition was of course displayed in a very dramatic way and the best thing was, I could actually touch the costumes, which made up for not taking pictures.
It is always very fascinating to get a closer look for a professional like my self, to see how the costumes are made.

The Janine dress worn by France Castel in the musical theatre «i» from Marc Drouin and François Dompierre, Théâtre musical du Québec, 1998.

Ninetta dresses worn by Louise Turcot in «l’Oiseau vert» of Carlo Goldoni, TNM, 1998.
Corsets for differents productions.

Fabric samples produced at the Laboratoire de recherche du Cirque du Soleil.

Pictures of costumes from «Dralion» (1999) and «Wintuk» (2007) shows of Cirque du Soleil and books research for the Dubai’s project (2009).
First drawing for the Dubai’s project (2009) at Cirque du Soleil.

I think this exhibition deserves to reach a bigger audience, even if it´s only in French. 
Especially if you are a student or a proffesional in a creative field. 
It is "a must see". -And watch out, you might even learn something. I was very inspired. 
Go there before December 7th.

Photocredits: Hugues Poirier  © Centre d'exposition de l'Université de Montréal, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014


By researching what was going on in the Montreal fashion exhibition scene at the moment, I fell over an intriguing Exhibition at Musee du Costume et du Textile Quebec at the Marche Bonsecours.

I went there today and was pleasently surprised by what I saw.

"Totalement maille! - takes a look back at Quebec fashion from the 70s showing more than 40 colourful and sensual garments by designer and artist, Francine Vandelac.
Challenging past knitwear traditions, her surprising creations were aimed at a young, hip audince and boast a remarkably modern, sexy look."

It was amazing to discover how visionary and inventive knitting was done at that time. A great deal of the models looked very contemporary. The sil- houettes, the yarn and colours - all very inspiring. I was very impressed and can only recommend it, even if you´re not into knitting.

Photos, John Frantsen

But hurry up, if you want to see it. It only runs until october 12.
Remember to visit the virtual exhibition "Fitting Fashions" and discover the hidden treasures of MCTQs Collection by clicking the link on top.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Spending some wonderful time in Montreal right now, I just wanted to show a different window displays, for you shop owners out there, as inspiration.

More to come!

Photos: John Frantsen

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Here is my latest project - another adventure into the world of bags.

These two tote bags are made of reinforced silk and a gold fake leather. They are of course fully lined in solid cotton with a build in pocket. The dimensions are 15 x 30 x 45.

 Photos: John Frantsen

If you like what you see, they are still available.

But I do take orders as well, if you have a special wish.

Friday, September 05, 2014


As you probably know by now, I love colours. So, never mind trends. It´s about standing out in the crowd.
In my opinion, the best dressed at the 2014 Emmy´s, that took place August 25, at the Nokia Theatre, L.A.,  looked like this. . .

Allison Janney gets big points for choosing this outstanding, very elegant draped violet number by Nicolas Jerbran. PhotoCredit: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images.

Laura Prepon´s daring choice in this emerald green and turquoise number by Gustavo Cadile was also nice. PhotoCredit: Jordan

Giuliana Rancic also looked quite nice i her Gustavo Cadile dress. PhotoCredit: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Octavia Spencer looked georgeous in this draped chiffon dress by Tadashi Shoji. PhotoCredit: 2014 Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Kaley Cuoco from Big bang theory also looked very stylish and modern in this red and pink organdy/tulle- and applique dress by Monique Lhuillier. PhotoCredit: Strauss Invision AP.

January Jones looked dressed for the occasion in this asymetric ballgown from Prabal Gurung. PhotoCredit: Jason Merritt, Getty Images.

Mark-Ruffalo with Sunrise Coigney, who looked effortless elegant in this bright green asymetric draped dress by. . . PhotoCredit: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Samira Wiley in a simple, classic, but elegant bright yellow dress by Christian Siriano, looked nice and refreshing. PhotoCredit: Evan Agostin, Invision for the Television Campany AP Images

Who was your favorite ?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


A few years back I did a post on inspirations from the great master of Couture, Cristobal Balenciaga 1895-1972.
But never managed to follow up on it, untill now. So here is a few more, that still have presence today.


This selection of dresses are so pure and simple, but the flounces and the asymetric cuts - some of Balenciaga´s characteristics - still makes them very effectful and modern today.

No wonder why Hubert de Givenchy, Oscar de La Renta, Andre Courreges, Emanuel Ungaro and so many designers of today still gets inspired by his designs.

Maybe because he was very thorough in his high standards of workmanship. He liked to experiment and create. He was one of the only ones who actu- ally could design, cut and execute his own dresses.

You clearly see his design philosophy in everything he did.