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Montreal Festimania 2011: Festival Mode et Design Review – Mode et Opera

The Opéra de Montréal opened their costume vaults for this catwalk performance, which featured costume and fashion interspersed with solos from baritone Etienne Dupus, tenor Antoine Belanger and best of all, soprano Caroline Bleau. Lots of fun!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Montreal Festimania Mode et Opera by Samantha Eynon
Montreal Festimania Mode et Opera by Samantha Eynon.

On Thursday evening we trotted down to the McGill College Avenue outdoor catwalk once again, this time for a collaborative show: garments pulled from the Opéra de Montréal costume vaults and showcased with modern fashion.

Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Festimania Mode et Opera by Samantha Eynon
Montreal Festimania Mode et Opera by Samantha Eynon.

Mode & Opera was more theatre than fashion, featuring catwalk parades on different themes interspersed with solo performances from baritone Etienne Dupuis, tenor Antoine Belanger and best of all, soprano Caroline Bleau, all of whom sang rousing numbers from famous operas – Tosca, Carmen and Madame Butterfly.

Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Tenor Antoine Belanger gives his all to the enthusiastic crowds.

Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Montreal Festimania Mode et Opera by Rebecca Rawlings
Montreal Festimania Mode et Opera by Rebecca Rawlings.

It was a fun chance to see the beautiful fabrics used in opera costume up close, styled with modern fashion to varying degrees of success. At the back of the stage a man in the shadows quietly fiddled on his ipad to produce the bright graphics on the big screens.

Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Fashion Mode Design Mode et Opera Montreal Festimania 2011 photo by Amelia Gregory
Soprano Caroline Bleau at Mode et Opera. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

Montreal Festimania Mode et Opera by Rebecca Oliver
Montreal Festimania Mode et Opera by Rebecca Oliver
Montreal Festimania Mode et Opera by Rebecca Oliver.

All of the Festival Mode et Design shows are open to the general public. Next stop LA, where the Mode & Opera show will take part in the Quebec in Hollywood festival on September 22nd 2011.

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