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Published on October 13, 2018

NUIT COUTURE: A Tribute to Québec Fashion at the 58th MMFA Ball

On Saturday, November 3, NUIT COUTURE, the 58th edition of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) Ball, will celebrate the creativity of Québec fashion designers. Echoing the theme of the gala, each banquet hall is designed as a glimpse into the artistic worlds of nine Québec designers: Philippe Dubuc, Denis Gagnon, Helmer Joseph, Nathon Kong, Marie-Ève Lecavalier, Markantoine, Fecal Matter, Atelier New Regime and Marie Saint Pierre. Each chose a word and material that were then used and adapted to create a décor in their image as a tribute to their creative talent.

Presented by RBC, the Museum’s leading fundraising event will bring together some 1 000 influencers from the business community—patrons and art and design lovers dedicated to supporting the institution. The Ball will also count on the participation of a number of artists, collaborators and fashion and design students from Collège LaSalle, Cégep Marie-Victorin and École supérieure de mode de l’ESG UQAM, who will create works inspired by the NUIT COUTURE theme.

The MMFA is very pleased to be hosting an especially well-chosen guest of honour at the memorable event: Aldo Bensadoun, founder of the ALDO Group. A consummate businessman, Mr. Bensadoun has risen to the challenge of helping Canadian creativity and talent shine on the world stage.

The 2018 edition of the Ball will be co-chaired by Isabèle Chevalier, CEO, Bio‑K+ International, Mitch Garber, chairman of the boards of directors of Cirque du Soleil and Invest in Canada and Mark Pathy, president, Mavrik Corp., with the support of the advisory committee made up of Caroline Deitcher, Willamina Leus Martire, Julie Moisan, Louise Racine and Debbie Zakaib, as well as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation.

Not only will guests be wowed by the universes of the nine designers, they will also enjoy a gourmet dinner concocted by Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, renowned chef and owner of Le Mousso and Le Petit Mousso, and prepared by executive chef Baptiste Peupion and Armando Arruda, catering director at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. The artistic direction of the evening was generously offered by the Group Cirque du Soleil under the creative lens of Catherine Nadeau and Melissa Thompson.

The Young Philanthropists’ Circle joins the Museum Ball After-Party
The members of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Young Philanthropists’ Circle (YPC) will attend the Museum Ball After-Party. Passionate about culture, the young professionals in the YPC make up the MMFA’s new generation of donors, providing valuable support to continue to ensure the accessibility of the Museum’s contemporary art programs.

Fashion at the MMFA
The MMFA strives to showcase fashion as a design art. Indeed, the Museum has spearheaded a number of exhibitions dedicated to prominent designers, including Yves Saint Laurent (2008), Denis Gagnon Shows All (2010), The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier (2011), Love Is Love (2017) and the upcoming Thierry Mugler : couturissime (March 2019).

The Ball at the heart of the MMFA’s mission
The Ball is a vital benefit gala that gives wing to the Museum’s operations and activities. The MMFA is not government run, and, as a non-profit organization, it must self-finance 58% of its annual operating budget. The net profits from the Ball, which will exceed $1 million again this year, will help the Museum extend the reach of its collection, feature major exhibitions, develop a range of educational programs, publish art books and acquire new works.

Information and tickets Contact Émilie Lucas at or 514 285-1600, ext 105.

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