Jean Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration - McCord Museum

Temporary exhibition

Until August 2, 2020

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Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration

Last chance! Only a few days left to explore the sources of inspiration and the creative work of Montreal designer Jean-Claude Poitras.

The exhibition sheds light on the creative world of Montreal designer Jean-Claude Poitras. It takes a look at the man who left his mark on prêt-à-porter in Montreal and the rest of Canada over the course of a prolific career spanning more than three decades, from the 1970s to the 2000s.

Clothing, objects, archival material and multimedia displays reveal the designer’s personality and his three major sources of inspiration: family and religion, muses and film, and travel.

This exhibition was organized jointly by the McCord Museum and the Musée de la civilisation.

  • Michel Gagné, <i>Photograph of Jean-Claude Poitras and model Colette Chicoine</i>, about 1975. Gift of Jean-Claude Poitras. M2005.78.1295 © McCord Museum
  • Unknown photographer, <i>Models wearing Jean-Claude Poitras</i>, 1980-1990. Gift of Jean-Claude Poitras, M2005.78.1351 © McCord Museum
  • Manteau/Coat, 1983. Marque/Label: Jean Claude Poitras Boutique. Fabricant/Manufacturer: Nota Bene Design Inc. Don de/Gift of Jean-Claude Poitras. M2005.78.2.1-2 © Musée McCord Museum
  • Robe/Dress, 1984-1985. Marque/Label: Jean Claude Poitras. Fabricant/Manufacturer: Franck Importations Ltée. Don de/Gift of Shawn Rosengarten. M2008.134.1 © Musée McCord Museum
  • Ensemble, 1998. Marque/Label: Bof! Jean Claude Poitras. Fabricant/Manufacturer: Fashion Société Design Inc. M2005.78.18.1-3 © Musée McCord Museum
  • Manteau/Coat, 1990. Marque/Label: Jean Claude Poitras Design. Fabricant/Manufacturer: Poitras Design-Irving Samuel Canada Inc. Don de/Gift of Jean-Claude Poitras. M2005.78.6.1-2 © Musée McCord Museum
  • Manteau/Coat, 1994. Marque/Label: Bof! Jean Claude Poitras. Fabricant/Manufacturer: Poitras Design-Irving Samuel Canada Inc. Don de/Gift of Jean-Claude Poitras. M2005.78.7 © Musée McCord Museum


Jean-Claude Poitras is an icon in the world of fashion and design. After studying fashion design at the École des métiers commerciaux and graphic design at Studio Salette, he opened his first studio in Old Montreal in 1972 and embarked on a long career. His creations have garnered numerous awards, including the Fil d’Or de Monte-Carlo in 1989, and two Griffes d’Or in Quebec in 1991.

He was named to the Order of Canada in 1995. In 1996 he was appointed a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec, then promoted to Officer in 2012. On October 11 this year, he received the Prix du Québec, the highest distinction awarded by the Gouvernement du Québec in science and culture, in the “Land use, architecture and design” category, the first fashion designer to be acknowledged in that category.


Montreal designer Jean-Claude Poitras talks about one of his sources of inspiration: Japan, where he travelled during an exploratory trip in 1979. In French with subtitles in English.


Montreal designer Jean-Claude Poitras talks about one of his sources of inspiration: women that impacted his life.


Conversation with Jean-Claude Poitras: learn more about his beginnings, his background, his vision and his passion for fashion. Lecture presented on November 13, 2019 and hosted by Stéphane Leduc. In French.

Discover the exhibition and learn more about the inspiration of Jean-Claude Poitras who left his mark on prêt-à-porter in Montreal and the rest of Canada. In French, with subtitles in English.

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What people are saying about it

« All the iconic fashions of JC Poitras are there... » Christine Long, CTV
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