Montreal Fashion and Design Festival: 2017 Edition

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Festival Mode et Design 2017 Proposes Downtown Catwalks, Industry Talks and More

Montreal Fashion and Design Festival 2016 Festival Mode et Design FMD details.
Photo courtesy of the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival

The Montreal Fashion and Design Festival --aka Festival Mode et Design (FMD)-- is an annual summer event that turns a slice of downtown Montreal into a makeshift catwalk, an ostensible democratization of fashion in effect since its debut run in 2001.

In 2017, the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival runs August 21 to August 26, 2017 2017. Over 50 free outdoor events including catwalk presentations, live music and DJ sessions as well as over a dozen industry talks dubbed FMD Conferences are expected to be presented to the public. 

Montreal Fashion and Design Festival 2017: FMD Conferences

The Festival Mode et Design proposes conferences headed by a handful of industry stylists, insiders and associated artists. Some panel guests are local, others are internationals who successfully carved themselves a permanent spot in the notoriously fickle industry.

This year's conference highlights include talks with Belgian designer Olivier Theyskens, New York designer and former Club Kid and model Zaldy Goco, and fashion photographer John Londoño. Admission varies per talk.

In 2016, talks included a tête-à-tête with the brains behind the bandage dress designer Hervé Léger Leroux. Other FMD conferences of note featured iconic ''Fashion Television'' host Jeanne Beker, Scott Schuman of ''The Sartorialist'' as well as Cirque du Soleil and ''The Matrix'' costume designers. 

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Montreal Fashion and Design Festival 2017: Free Shows

The most popular attraction at Festival Mode et Design? Its free outdoor afternoon and evening fashion shows, a series of catwalk presentations featuring both commercial brand names as well as local designers, be they recent fashion school graduates or seasoned brands.

The Festival Mode et Design's outdoor festival hub is located at Place des Festivals. From August 21 through August 26, 2017, free events, activities and fashion shows are expected to be scheduled from noon to 10 p.m. every day of the festival. Details will be made available as we close in on the dates.

Unlike during industry-driven fashion weeks which typically present one or two seasons ahead --e.g., New York's September Fashion Week shows off upcoming spring/summer collections even though fall has barely started, this, in order to give buyers time to purchase next-season inventory-- the designs on display at FMD are consumer-driven, trends and collections that are usually either current or about to the hit the market in time for fall season and in some cases, can even be purchased at the festival itself. 

Consult the Festival Mode et Design website for the detailed outdoor event schedule and to buy tickets to FMD Conferences. Or just show up at Place des Festivals anytime between noon and 11 p.m. for a glimpse of the local scene and the latest trends.

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