Montreal Fashion Week finds a new home at contemporary art complex

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MONTREAL - Montreal Fashion Week is bidding adieu to its old stomping grounds for a brand new home.

The next edition of the semi-annual fashion showcase will be held Sept. 4-7 at Arsenal, a complex dedicated to contemporary art.

The 3,800-square-metre industrial boatyard from the turn of the century currently houses an exhibition hall dedicated to private collections and includes a main hall featuring about 1,860 square metres of unobstructed space.

For the past several years, the bulk of runway shows at Montreal Fashion Week had been staged at its central hub at Bonsecours Market in the heart of Old Montreal.

In an interview with The Canadian Press last August, Sensation Mode co-president Jean-Francois Daviau, whose company organizes Fashion Week, had said a bigger venue for the entire event was a consideration.

Several years ago, organizers introduced Le Showroom, a dedicated showcase for apparel and accessories which allowed buyers and designers to interact away from the runway. But they decided to temporarily shelve the concept because space was becoming a problem, and were looking for a larger spot to fulfil Le Showroom's needs.

Organizations: Bonsecours Market, Canadian Press

Geographic location: Montreal

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