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Pierre Poisson à Montréal

Ellen Pascal

On this first of July, it is with great pleasure that Quatorze Plus presents "Pierre Poisson à Montréal", a breath-taking, warm weather collection of Canadian plus-size women's fashion from Quebec's independent fashion designer, Pierre Poisson.  Monsieur Poisson has designed and manufactured women's clothing for more than 3 decades and is well-known to the Montreal fashion scene.  

This collection showcases two different sides to Monsieur Poisson's design aesthetic, and perhaps they represent two different collections.  First there is a Poisson "signature" silhouette: classically elegant, timelessly feminine and generously draped in saturated jewel-tones, with sumptuous fabrics women (let alone plus-size women) rarely see.  In this part of Monsieur Poisson's collection, I believe we see the "presence" of French designer, Dior.  And then there are the contemporary silhouettes, energetically and youthfully bold graphics, electric primary colours and we are transported back to the androgynous 60's (France's Courreges, and Britain's Mary Quant).  And throughout these collections, there is what has been widely acknowledged as Monsieur Poisson's impecable tailoring.  

Fast fashion?  Hardly.  But I suspect we're in the presence of a Quebec national treasure in Monsieur Poisson's talent and his focus on women's plus-size fashion.    

This fashion editorial was brought to you by Quatorze Plus in collaboration with Monsieur Pierre Poisson.  Monsieur Poisson designed and produced these collections and styled this fashion editorial.  The garments were cut by his own hands, chosen and finished especially for Quatorze Plus model, Marilyne Marin.  

Marilyne Marin, size 14 and 5 feet 11 inches tall in bare feet, was our sensational fashion model. Marilyne, who is 26 years old, is a student at UQAM where she studies Career Development and Spanish. She also dances the tango and swing. Marilyne's skin was prepped using organic green tea, organic jojoba oil and pure vitamin E and I applied her make-up using Canada's Pure Anada as well as Burt's Bees cosmetics.  

I photographed the editorial with a Sony A7 II camera and the Sony FE24 - 240mm F3.5 - 6.3 zoom lens in natural sunlight (without flash, speed lights, beauty boxes, reflectors or tripod) and some light editing in Adobe Lightroom.   

It was a rare treat to work with and showcase Quebec independent plus-size fashion at Quatorze Plus.  Thank you Monsieur Poisson and thank you Marilyne Marin.  On behalf of Monsieur Poisson and myself, we thank you, our audience, for your interest in Quebec plus-size fashion.   We invite you to share your sincere opinion of our presentation.  

Pierre Poisson can be reached directly through his websitethrough his Facebook page and, of course, through this website for your inquiries and your commentary.  

Let the celebrations begin!

Ellen Beverley Pascal

Quebec Designer Pierre Poisson to be featured at Quatorze Plus

Ellen Pascal

Yesterday, at the Hôtel des Gouverneurs showroom of Pierre Poisson, Quebec designer of women's plus fashion (Misses size 10 through 3X), and Quatorze Plus agreed to collaborate on a photographic fashion editorial to explore design concepts in couture, style and photography.  If you are a Montréal women, wearing Misses size 10 through 3X, and would like to model Monsieur Poisson's exquisite couture, this is an exceptional opportunity.  

Quatorze Plus Cryogenically Frozen Temporarily

Ellen Pascal

This is an update on the Quatorze Plus fashion project. I have had a rather unfortunate fall this past Sunday morning while out sightseeing my own neighbourhood with a camera.  I have slipped on the concealed ice and broken my right arm.  I am right-handed.

Tempoarily I must refrain from most of the activities that sustain the project. Please forgive this imposed slow-down. It is my earnest hope that you not lose faith in the project, and that you continue to follow it with your curiousity and enthusiasm, and that you brace yourselves for some changes as this project morphs into something new.  Thank you for being the essence of Quatorze Plus, for being the focus of its graphic insistence on "inclusion" and in all of the unique ways you have related to it.  And a special heart-felt thank you for believing in me.  Your physical beauty is surpassed only by the beauty of your enthusiasm.

Warm regards,

Ellen B Pascal