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Famed French designer de Castelbajac to chair Montreal's Fashion & Design fest

MONTREAL - A famed French designer and artist who outfitted the late Pope John Paul II and pop superstars Beyonce and Lady Gaga is putting his stamp on a Canadian fashion event.

Sensation Mode, organizer of Montreal's Fashion & Design Festival, has named Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as honorary chair of its annual showcase.

The event includes fashion shows, live art installations, musical performances and real-time design held in downtown Montreal.

The award-winning de Castelbajac is slated to have a significant presence at the Fashion and Design Festival, which will include an exhibition of fashion sketches and around 10 iconic garments created by the artist and designer.

He will also stage what's being described as an "urban art performance" on buildings in four Montreal boroughs. In addition, a conference for young designers will also see de Castelbajac presenting his vision of art and sources of inspiration.

"The Fashion and Design Festival is a unique event that provides artists with the opportunity to directly interact with the public. I am really looking forward to meeting and mingling with Montrealers," he said in a release.

In 1997, de Castelbajac created clothing worn by the leader of the Catholic Church and thousands of priests for World Youth Day in Paris.

Lady Gaga once wore an offbeat coat created by de Castelbajac that was fashioned from Kermit the Frog dolls, while Beyonce was costumed in a fancifully embellished jacket by the designer in the "Telephone" video with Gaga.

The 13th edition of the Fashion and Design Festival is slated to take place from July 31 to Aug. 3.



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