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François Barbeau CM (July 27, 1935 – January 28, 2016) was an award-winning Canadian costume designer. He was a professor at the National Theatre School of Canada and the Université du Québec à Montréal who worked on over 700 productions in Quebec and around the world.[1]

François Barbeau
Born(1935-07-27)27 July 1935
Died28 January 2016(2016-01-28) (aged 80)
NationalityFrench Canadian
OccupationCostume designer
AwardsOrder of Canada

After taking sewing in high school, he began his career in the 1950s at the theatre The Caravan of Paul Buissonneau. He afterwards worked as a designer at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert.[1] Among the films he worked on are Léolo (1992), for which he won the Genie Award for Best Costume Design,[2] and Laurence Anyways (2012), sharing the Genie with Xavier Dolan.[3] In film, Barbeau mentored fellow-costume designer and Genie winner Louise Jobin.[4]

In 1996, he received the Governor General's Award, and in 2000 he joined the Order of Canada.[1] He died on January 28, 2016.[5] Dolan's 2016 film It's Only the End of the World is dedicated to him.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "Le concepteur de costumes François Barbeau est décédé". Radio-Canada. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. ^ Murray, Karen (22 November 1992). "'Lunch' eats up 8 Canadian Genies". Variety. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  3. ^ Szklarski, Cassandra (3 March 2013). "Canadian Screen Awards: Rebelle wins 10 prizes, including best film". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Louise Jobin". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ Boulanger, Luc (29 January 2016). "François Barbeau, 1935-2016: la mort du maître". La Presse. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  6. ^ Tremblay, Odile (22 May 2016). "Grand Prix du jury à "Juste la fin du monde" de Xavier Dolan". Le Devoir. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  7. ^ Bélanger, Cédric (19 May 2016). "Dolan ému aux larmes". Le Journal de Québec. Retrieved 12 February 2017.