Pamela Grimaud 29sc

Pamela Grimaud

Visual researcher for documentary film and TV; Educator and Course Developer; Fashion Historian.

A native Montrealer, I spent thirteen years living in the U.S., doing everything from working in the education department of Seattle's PBS affiliate to serving as the writer-editor and marketing assistant in Boston's National Public Radio new station (whilst occasionally slipping away to record funny voices for WBUR's Only A Game program). My last stopover in the States was New York City, where I taught at the Parson's School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology after completing my MA in Visual Culture - Fashion History at New York University.

Since returning home in 2005, I have developed and taught fashion history at Concordia University in both the Theatre and Fine Art Departments, been an instructor as Lasalle College, conducted research for the exhibition Reveal or Conceal at the McCord Museum of Canadian History and delivered popular lectures on various aspects of fashion history and libraries and cultural centers throughout Montreal and the West Island. My creative nonfiction essay Before the Bidding Starts was included in the Worn Archive, published in 2014 by Drawn & Quarterly.

Besides co-leading the course Dressing Up: Mugler, Fantasy & the Transformative Power of Fashion at Montreal's Thomas More Institute in the summer of 2019, I work as a freelance visual researcher for documentary film and television. I am currently the researcher for the NFB virtual reality film The Book of Distance and have worked on many NFB projects, with subjects ranging from Governor General Award winners,  to an immersive outdoor film featured outside the Canada Science and Technology Museum, to the short film Anthem, produced in support of Canada's 150th year. I have worked on CBC docs, and on series with topics as diverse as The Beatles, freight trains, farm crime, political dictators and Chinese dissidents. 

As a writer, I'm able to synthesize a wide range of knowledge and interests to craft text that is succinct and engaging. I've written product copy, couturier profiles for Oxford Art Online and contributed to and edited American Style, published by Assouline in 2004.

With an eye towards developing my love of great storytelling, radio and all manner of cool garments, I am slowly but surely creating a clothing-related podcast. 

I'm a paid-up member of the Visual Researchers Society of Canada and hold a B.F.A. in Film Studies, Awarded with Distinction, from Concordia University, as well as a B.A. in Sociology and Communications, from the University of Toronto. 

I have an experience across a variety of genres including the arts, history, documentary and current affairs, am insatiably curious and quick to pick up on things — also quick witted.  My wish is to balance my freelance work with steady full-time, or part-time employment. Don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you're in need of a capable, all-around creative type — and thanks.