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Marc-André J. Fortier
Marc-André J. Fortier

DESTINY

The “Clairvoyant Fortune‐Teller visit” represents a risky, smoky fantasy that some of us share. As our overly active minds grind out scenarios of what’s around the next corner for us we are sometimes lulled into the luxurious thought of. “wouldn’t it be a lovely thing if someone could just give us the answers to all of our key questions?” Its like seeing a fairy magician that can advise us on what to do in some of our most perilous and important moments ...

While divine guidance and the plotting of our futures is always possible from various sources, most of the time, the answers we seek are within us, if we but take the time to look.

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Destiny - Maj Fortier digital print making

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MONOPOLY

This ready-to-wear graphic ensemble reflects the fundamental foundation dream of mankind. The ownership of a home and the ability to retreat into it represents our most basic need. Home and property ownership symbolizes our achievement and a right of passage in our lifetime. It is where we cultivate our lifestyles, entertain our fantasies and create our legacies.

The random collage of colorful Monopoly images from our childhood game on the suit remind us that we should remember to not take ourselves too seriously, that our lives should not be contained or defined within or by the walls of our homes, and that we should live each day colorfully and not be afraid to show our creative and unique selves in all of our pursuits.

After all, life is a single-chance game and we should be certain to play it well.

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Monopoly - Maj Fortier digital print making

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WAR & PEACE

This thought-­‐provoking collage of controversial and colorfully contrasting images reminds us of the presence of “conflict” in our daily lives both in the global and personal sense. The reality is that there will always be war and peace somewhere as much as we may hate to face this fact. Some may say we need war to have peace in the end.

In a perfect world, we would certainly be better off without religion and ego, (not to be confused with spirituality) but more than likely these 2 issues will never cease to exist, so the best we can hope for is for acquired wisdom in these areas, where hopefully resolution will be achieved through peace and NOT war.

The flying bullets and flowers here communicate that we always really do have a choice...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

War & Peace - Maj Fortier digital print making

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WOMAN DREAMS

It seems like our earlier innocent dreams represent grandiose and elaborate desires like; unconditional love, money, jet-set lifestyle, vacations among swaying palm trees, winning big contests, castles, our ideal man, jewellery and the list can go on... but as we mature and fulIill some or all of these fantasies, we come to realize that our dreams will have changed most times, that it’s the smaller things in life we have come to treasure and seek such as a free afternoon of no commitments, a few hours in the garden, or a leisurely morning sipping a cappuccino while Ilipping through a magazine...

The Yin-Yang symbol wants to remind us that all of the moving parts that orbit our complex lives make it better as a harmonious whole.

And, as they say, “be careful what you wish for, it might all come true one day...”

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Woman Dreams - Maj Fortier digital print making

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MAN DREAMS

For the man, early aspiring dreams represent the classic male desires such as ; playboy, cowboy, achieving success, castles, winning/sports, love, being a king, money and travel ...

And as time passes, dreams can become modified to simpler pleasures like; being a good father/husband/provider, slipping away on a fishing trip with the guys, or a few hours with a beer on the porch.

Our lives are a complex and always evolving and every day and we are fortunate that we have the flexibility to change our dreams - the once complimentary life forces of the Yin-­Yang yesterday may need to undergo change for our new dreams of tomorrow…

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Man Dreams - Maj Fortier digital print making

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WOMAN BUNNY

This outwardly innocent depiction of the little girl pyjamas with playboy bunny, sends the female mind to the familiar life contradiction of comfort vs sexiness.

What is fantasy vs what is real ... This ratio paradox will haunt us throughout our lifetime. Maturity will bring us the confidence to throw these thoughts "under-the-bus" one day. The "bunny" conjures seductive visuals such as corset, cuffs, fishnet stockings, and bunny ears on beautiful and teetering serving waitresses in high heels. The greater male fantasy...

The lady who will sashay about in these pj's is a confident one with a great sense of humor who acknowledges that our primary sexual organ is the mind and that the costume is merely a prop.

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Woman Bunny - Maj Fortier digital print making

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MAN RABBIT

When imagining the man who will gleefully and confidently lounge in this ensemble, we sense that he embodies the real androgynous male ..... He has just enough testosterone, humor and vulnerability to pull this look off and still be fastidiously admired by the females in his loyal entourage.

Clothing is the glorious packaging we choose to decorate ourselves with mindfully everyday. And isn't it a bonus kicker when the garb we choose can communicate the visually unusual and provoke controversy at the same time?

Life is short, why not wear who you are !

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Man Rabbit - Maj Fortier digital print making

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POKER

This fashion ensemble speaks to us about the Game of Life which we could compare to a wonderfully lengthy Game of Poker.

We come into the world with a dealt or inherited hand of cards. Some will say our futures are pre-determined…

The real “Gamers” will refuse to accept this passage and will know that we all hold a hand of cards that will determine the outcome of our Game based on our perception of the rules and how we navigate with our fellow opponents.

Over time, we learn that the game of life will necessitate the development of many skills if we wish to achieve the successful and prosperous lives we seek. Experience will be our best teacher and as such, over time we progressively accumulate our chips with each strategic win. As we mature, we continue to plot and fine tune our game, we keep our eyes open and will identify and consider balance and risk.

When the tempo is right, and the odds are good, we will embrace chance like a lost lottery ticket and throw the dice… and in this way the big wheel will keep on turning for us….

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Poker - Maj Fortier digital print making

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COWBOYS & INDIANS

This fashion ensemble speaks to us about the Game of Life which we could compare to a wonderfully lengthy Game of Poker.

We come into the world with a dealt or inherited hand of cards. Some will say our futures are pre-determined…

The real “Gamers” will refuse to accept this passage and will know that we all hold a hand of cards that will determine the outcome of our Game based on our perception of the rules and how we navigate with our fellow opponents.

Over time, we learn that the game of life will necessitate the development of many skills if we wish to achieve the successful and prosperous lives we seek. Experience will be our best teacher and as such, over time we progressively accumulate our chips with each strategic win. As we mature, we continue to plot and fine tune our game, we keep our eyes open and will identify and consider balance and risk.

When the tempo is right, and the odds are good, we will embrace chance like a lost lottery ticket and throw the dice… and in this way the big wheel will keep on turning for us….

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Poker - Maj Fortier digital print making

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MAN INDIAN

This fashion ensemble speaks to us about the Game of Life which we could compare to a wonderfully lengthy Game of Poker.

We come into the world with a dealt or inherited hand of cards. Some will say our futures are pre-determined…

The real “Gamers” will refuse to accept this passage and will know that we all hold a hand of cards that will determine the outcome of our Game based on our perception of the rules and how we navigate with our fellow opponents.

Over time, we learn that the game of life will necessitate the development of many skills if we wish to achieve the successful and prosperous lives we seek. Experience will be our best teacher and as such, over time we progressively accumulate our chips with each strategic win. As we mature, we continue to plot and fine tune our game, we keep our eyes open and will identify and consider balance and risk.

When the tempo is right, and the odds are good, we will embrace chance like a lost lottery ticket and throw the dice… and in this way the big wheel will keep on turning for us….

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Poker - Maj Fortier digital print making

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MAN COWBOY

This fashion ensemble speaks to us about the Game of Life which we could compare to a wonderfully lengthy Game of Poker.

We come into the world with a dealt or inherited hand of cards. Some will say our futures are pre-determined…

The real “Gamers” will refuse to accept this passage and will know that we all hold a hand of cards that will determine the outcome of our Game based on our perception of the rules and how we navigate with our fellow opponents.

Over time, we learn that the game of life will necessitate the development of many skills if we wish to achieve the successful and prosperous lives we seek. Experience will be our best teacher and as such, over time we progressively accumulate our chips with each strategic win. As we mature, we continue to plot and fine tune our game, we keep our eyes open and will identify and consider balance and risk.

When the tempo is right, and the odds are good, we will embrace chance like a lost lottery ticket and throw the dice… and in this way the big wheel will keep on turning for us….

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

 

Symbolic of the outfit in Marc Andre J. Fortier’s work

Clothing is the external packaging we choose to wear which sometimes reflects who we are, or who we might want to be that day or night. How we meticulously adorn ourselves and fashion, on its own, are absolutely a form of artistic expression. Fabric, texture, flow, color, cut and embellishment, come together like a symphony that when joined, can sing out a lingering impression. Today's rigid and dark wool suit can be worn to communicate power and authority like a kind of military uniform to warn others off and tomorrow's layered, transparent and draping shift can be partnered to reflect whimsy and invitation.... May we never tire of this ritual of self expression...

Jacqueline Vanden Baar

Poker - Maj Fortier digital print making

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@ 2015 Marc-André J. Fortier - Design & programmation : Malem
@ 2015 Marc-André J. Fortier
Design & programmation : Malem