Fashion & Design Festival

Festival Mode & Design 2018 image officielle

The Fashion & Design Festival celebrates creativity and culture through a major outdoor event in the heart of downtown Montreal. This one-of-a-kind occasion provides an inside look at the world of fashion and design through a diversified program of activities.

Every year, many well-known Canadian designers, retailers, up-and-coming creators and international fashion icons will share their art and vision with the public. The activities include fashion shows, live creative sessions, design showcasing and musical performances. The Fashion & Design Festival’s presence will also be felt around the city with novel exhibits, original installations and unique experiences open to all.

With 50 shows, as much as 300 participants and 550,000 visitors expected, the Fashion & Design Festival is a leading platform for fashion, design, music, beauty and shopping trends.

Vanessa Pilon official spokesperson Vanessa Pilon was discovered for her work as a social media specialist at Salut Bonjour. She charmed the audience with her passion and dynamism. Broadening her horizons as a columnist and host (Sucré Salé, VLOG), she later reached out to a younger audience as a co-host of Vrak Attak and Switch tes fripes, on Vrak TV. Her social media presence and passion for the arts and culture led her to cover and present exclusive content on the Web for Occupation Double and Star Académie. This summer, she is a cultural collaborator on Gravel le matin, airing on the radio of Radio-Canada.

From the beginning of her career, she expressed an interest in fashion. She took part in Glam, a web-tv show dedicated to fashion. Trend-conscious, she likes to encourage Quebec designers. She has recently worked with Doyle Optometrists and Opticians, for which she edited a line of Scandinavian-inspired glasses. In collaboration with Boutique La Fabrik, she has also created Humanity, a line of jewelry. All profits from the sales of this line are donated to the Centre des Femmes de Montréal.

Follow her on social media to catch her coverage of the Fashion & Design Festival!

Groupe Sensation Mode

Groupe Sensation Mode

Groupe Sensation Mode has established itself as a creative laboratory where large-scale fashion events are conceived, produced and presented.

Well-known for its successful productions such as the Fashion & Design Festival and Montreal Fashion Week, Groupe Sensation Mode brings together emerging artists, established designers, retailers and personalities from the fashion, art and design industries. The Group has developed several innovative concepts, such as Fashion Theatre on stages in Berlin, Tokyo, New York and London, as well as the Fashion & Opera Runway Show in Los Angeles and now URBANI_T, an open air playground in Toronto.

Since its inception in 2000, Groupe Sensation Mode has provided a showcase for design creativity and talent, increased the array of events offered and set up impressive partnerships in the fashion capitals of Paris, Berlin and Tokyo. Groupe Sensation Mode is considered a fashion and design leader in North America.

board of directors

Chairman of the Board and Treasurer

Jean Pierre Desrosiers

FCPA, FCA, Strategic Advisor PSB Boisjoli


Marie-Pierre David

PhD Candidate in communication (UQAM), Lecturer in Communication at the University of Ottawa and fashion model


Chantal Durivage

EVP, Creative Affairs, Groupe Sensation Mode


Jean-François Daviau

President, Groupe Sensation Mode


Franco Rocchi

Principal Vice-President, Le Château de Montréal


Madeleine Champagne

Vice-President and lobbyist, AGV Communications


Sébastien Vézina

Associate, Lavery Avocats


Selena Lu

Lawyer, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon