a resume of my journey
My name is Bernie Gracieuse, also known as KINGBERNIEE online, born in Haiti and raised in Canada - I am a thinker, a maker, a daydreamer, someone who rejects the idea of titles because I love the idea of [re]creating myself; everyday - some call my kin 'artist' but I have a love-hate relationship with the term. I have always been drawn to art but it changed me in 2011 after going through a series of traumatic events; art became a way for me to find a sense of self and create my own reality. I spent hours with a pen, a notebook and a head full of ideas - designing clothes and writing stories that reflected the way I felt and who I wanted to be.
My interest in fashion design eventually led me to start working backstage at local fashion events and photoshoots with various industry professionals. Throughout the years I've learned about my craft and found different ways to explore fashion - I developed my illustration skills, learned how to sew, tried pattern making, writing fashion articles and creating content. In 2020 I decided to put my all into my long time love and finally adopted the title Art Director and Fashion Stylist, since then, I've organically grown in the fashion and creative industry and my styling and written work has been published in various publications. This, all while working with many creatives that I admire on projects that mean the world to me.
In my journey, thus far, I have found parts of my being through various medium such as fashion, words and digital media. These mediums have resonated in my life in such a beautiful, meaningful ways and has allowed me to express and process my desires, thoughts and feelings - thus putting pieces of myself together in order to be[com]ing the art itself. My intentions is to create a series of artwork that speaks to my truth, and that will, hopefully, encourage others to live in their truth - regardless of what that looks like.
Today I live by my life motto 'ART AND LOVE, OVER FEARS' it reminds me that the thing we do best as human is to love and create and the most significant decision we can make is to choose those things rather than fear.
a few moments captured doing the things I love
BEHIND THE LENS.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
I started my career in Ottawa and after spending a summer in Montreal freelancing and building my network in the city, I decided to relocate officially in Montreal in September 2022
WHAT IS FAUX PAS CANADA?
Faux Pas Canada is a media company curating community based content and events in Canada's capital Ottawa, and the metropolitan city of Montreal. Created by Yasmine Isaya and Bernie Gracieuse, together both have created The Fashion Faux Pas Podcast, Faux Pas Afterhours and various fashion and networking events, in efforts to connect with multidisciplinary artists together and create a new standards in media.
HOW CAN I WORK WITH YOU?
For any collaboration or business related inquires, you can email me via firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN DID YOU GO FULL TIME?
After building my styling portfolio I got the opportunity to come to Montreal to assist senior stylist on various project along with working on my own projects, finally I am creating content online for various brands. I have been working on my craft full time since May of 2022.