Denis Gagnon Interprets Alice in Wonderland

“You used to be much more…”muchier.” 
You’ve lost your muchness.”
~ The Mad Hatter (2010)
One thing that’s almost certain with a Denis Gagnon dress: it’s never too much. His latest concoction is a dress inspired by Alice in Wonderland for the Luminato Festival.
This is not something we recommend wearing if you’re planning to fall down a rabbit hole, of course. It is, however, a stunning work of art.
The dress is a hand-beaded confection of white and silver that will be on display throughout the Festival at the Wintergarden Lobby, 225 King Street West until Sunday, June 19th.
On opening night guests of Luminato were treated to a cocktail reception for the official unveiling of the dress.
Denis & Me
Denis & his muses wearing, what else?
P.S. Pardon the washed out look of the photos. I’m in-between cameras right now, and the poor lighting in the venue didn’t help either. The dress is stunning in person. Go see!

Are We Just Not That Into Him?

After more than ten years of hard work Denis Gagnon is enjoying some well-deserved moments – a FashionTelevision special, a line for BEDO, an exhibit at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal and the opening of his own boutique in Old Montreal. The press uses the words “icon” and “Denis Gagnon” together often.

So it was hard to ignore the audible concern over a less-than-stellar turnout at his LG Fashion Week runway show. When will the world properly take note of Denis Gagnon, we all wondered. It doesn’t seem fair (to him) to be kept a secret any longer. This June his genius will be on display at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. Lancôme and Luminato have commissioned Gagnon to create a one-of-a-kind dress installation inspired by Alice in Wonderland. This event will position Denis squarely within the international arts community. And let’s face it, the man is an artist.

Gagnon’s fall 2011 collection was described as a “fusion of colors, textures and materials, the feminine silhouette, endowed with a new profile, enhanced by this exuberant sensuality found in the sculptural work of Denis Gagnon.” Our inveterate creator could have been channeling Michael Alig’s Club Kids of the 90’s in his exploration of a new feminine silhouette.

Photos by Peter Lytwyniuk / Studiolit.com
If you wonder how some of these things would look on a store hanger, you needn’t wonder long. Denis opened his new boutique last week in Old Montreal (170B rue Saint-Paul Ouest) where, in addition to apparel, you will find the gorgeous accessories from his runway show. Could a fragrance and line of eyewear be far behind? Who knows? One thing we have learned in ten years of watching Denis Gagnon – expect to be wowed.