Professor Valérie Lamontagne has passed away

7 Oct 2019 17:42 | Communication

Professor Valérie Lamontagne passed away on 4 October. She was 51 years old. The AUAS appointed Dr. Lamontagne, a Canadian, as professor of the Fashion Research and Technology research group at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) in February 2018.

With her passing, the AUAS has lost a visionary and an inspirational ambassador in the field of fashion technology. Valérie Lamontagne was seriously ill for some time. She leaves behind a son and partner.


Lamontagne completed her PhD in 'Performative Wearables: Bodies, Fashion and Technology' in 2017 at Concordia University in Montreal. She was employed there as an Adjunct Professor in Design and Computation Arts. She also launched the brand 3lectromode, a wearable electronics atelier dedicated to avant-garde crafting and consulting in fashionable technologies. She is also the founder and director of the Fashiontech Festival in Montreal. Lamontagne's research focused on how emerging technologies are creating new platforms for wearable fashion.


AUAS Rector Geleyn Meijer is greatly dismayed by the news of Valérie's death. "Valérie had ambitious plans to chart new paths with our students and researchers at FDMCI and AMFI. Moving to Amsterdam was also a brave step for her. It is immensely tragic that Valérie never got the chance to see through her collaboration with us. The AUAS Executive Board's thoughts and sympathy are with her son, partner, family and friends at this time."


AUAS Dean FDMCI, Frank Kresin: "Valérie was a driving force in an international network of fashion innovators. She knew how to inspire others and create amazing work, thanks to her enormous creativity, passion and perseverance. She fought for her life, for life itself, until the very end and never lost her optimism. Her death is a huge loss for many of us and I wish her family, friends and loved ones my condolences."