FASHION DESIGNER: Denis Gagnon Profile

denis gagnonMontreal fashion designer Denis Gagnon is quickly becoming one of Canada’s hottest designers and is loved for his flattering, minimalistic and body conscious garments. The fashion designer says that his inspiration to create each season’s collection is “The constant search to represent modernity.”

Denis Gagnon started his life in fashion as an art director. Working with fashion designer Yso on movies, advertising and theatre, Denis had the vision to dress the world in his own fashion instead of that of another.

Since the creation of his first line, Denis Gagnon has gained the attention of fashion fans across the country. In 2004, he was awarded the Fashion Export Award for best designer in his hometown of Montreal. A retrospective of his designs will be shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this fall and a documentary entitled Je m’appelle Denis Gagnon premiered this year. Despite his growing fame and praise in the fashion industry here, Denis Gagnon chooses to stick close to Montreal and Toronto and continues to show his collections in these cities each season.

His recent 2010 line marks a return to fashion after a brief absence from the Canadian fashion scene. For Spring/Summer 2010, Denis Gagnon followed modern fashion trends with a celebration of the zipper. His line mixes couture style with functional fashion in his signature leather fabrics using the popular nude shades of the season. His fall fashion line continued that trend while using leathers in new fringe and weaves to create a new look.

While Denis Gagnon’s fashions are sold at his upscale boutique and Holt Renfrew, he is said to be working on an affordable collaborative fashion line with Bedo to be released this fall and a shoe line for Aldo.

Here are some looks from the Denis Gagnon fall fashion show:

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[Denis Gagnon photo: Christine Roy]

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