“I don’t want to confine myself and say I’m a womenswear or menswear designer,” explains Marcel Plante. “With each new season, I prefer to exhibit a collection that completely departs from the last. Last season I did androgyny. I will always reference it, but I’m done with that look for now. I want each new collection to give an exciting, dramatic visual display.”
The recent MassArt graduate has drawn inspiration from costumes and period garments for his entire life, working in theatre for many years. “A constant source of material comes from past decades, forgotten sub-cultures and the eccentric personalities who came before us,” Marcel says. “The detailing and construction of period clothes are exquisite, and I try to give the same uniqueness to my own garments so people will stop and admire all the work that goes into a piece.”
For his second StyleWeek collection, Marcel is channeling a 1950s fetish aesthetic. “The collection includes both formal pieces and sophisticated separates that can be worn for day,” he says. Expect “Lots of leather and fur, along with gold foil stenciling and cord work.” Marcel Plante will be presenting at 9pm on Sunday, January 27, at the Providence Biltmore.