Knight of the National Order of Quebec since 1996 and promoted to Officer in 2012. Jean-Claude Poitras, after an exceptional career as a fashion designer that took him to the four corners of the world, now devotes himself to the world of design without borders, with the leitmotiv of the search for excellence, innovation and the quest for identity, always seeking to democratize beauty, to federate and to make the living forces of Quebec creativity shine. He puts his stamp on interior design, from lighting to decorative objects, from kitchens to stained glass. In 2012, under the seal of interdisciplinarity, he celebrates his 40 years of career and presents his first solo exhibition as a visual artist, which will be followed by several others.
Communication, which has always been an integral part of his passionate nature, occupies more and more space in his current path (conferences, columns for Le Devoir in particular and teaching at the École supérieure de mode ESG UQAM). The man is a philanthropist at heart, regularly agreeing to lend his voice and notoriety to a host of charitable, humanitarian and cultural organizations. A trailblazer, a pioneer, a visionary, Poitras is a creator who appeals to all generations and who continues to innovate off the beaten path. His book, Quand la vie défile, published in October 2018, is considered the reference in telling the great unknown story of Quebec fashion. Retrospective exhibitions have been dedicated to him in 2017, 2019 and 2022 in museums and art centers. In 2022, he celebrates his 50th anniversary.
- Montréal, Quebec, Canada
President and artistic directorNota Bene Design inc.