MONTREAL, Jan. 23, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The McCord Museum and the Fashion Museum have announced their merger, which was approved by their respective boards of directors in late December. With a shared mission to preserve and promote Quebec and Canadian costume and textiles, the two institutions have decided that joining forces will enable them to more effectively fulfil this role. As a result of this agreement, steps are being taken to quickly integrate the teams and collections and share expertise.
The Fashion Museum, which officially closed December 31, 2017, will thus become part of the McCord Stewart Museum. Its collection of over 7,000 garments, accessories and textiles will enrich that of the McCord Museum, which already comprises over 20,000 such objects. The online integration of the Fashion Museum's collection will be carried out gradually in the year 2018.
Two members of the Fashion Museum board of directors, Jean-Claude Poitras, fashion designer, multidisciplinary creator, and recipient of numerous awards and honours, and Véronique Morin, CIRC, a lawyer with the firm of Lavery, de Billy, will join the McCord Stewart Museum board. The McCord Museum is also welcoming the Fashion Museum staff. Finally, all Friends of the Fashion Museum are now automatically Members of the McCord Stewart Museum until the expiration of their membership.
"Known around the world as the home of the largest museum collection of Canadian fashion and costume, the McCord Museum has long focussed on fashion. This merger will not only expand our collection, it will boost our efforts to further raise the profile of Montreal and Quebec fashion designers and couturiers and position Montreal as a fashion city," noted Suzanne Sauvage, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCord Stewart Museum.
"I believe it is important to consolidate our strengths to stimulate cooperation and collaboration with the goal of promoting the fashion industry as a whole, both locally and internationally. This merger with the McCord Museum will give us the best possible chance to accomplish things that were previously impossible," added Jean-Claude Poitras, the Fashion Museum chair of the board.
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For further information: Nadia Martineau, Public Relations Officer, McCord Museum, 514-861-6701, extension 1239, [email protected]