NICOLE DOUVRY IS A RENOWNED HAUTE COUTURE TEACHER AND ACCOMPLISHED COUTURE DRESS MAKER WHO WORKED IN THE HAUTE COUTURE ATELIER OF NINA RICCI FOR 34 YEARS FROM 1965 TILL 1999 WHEN NINA RICCI STOPPED MAKING HAUTE COUTURE TO CONCENTRATE ON PRET-A-PORTER.
Nicole Douvry then worked with Courreges from 2000to 2008 before taking a long deserved hiatus. Of course once you are a haute couture dressmaker you remain one for ever so in 2013 she joined Paris American Academy as Haute Couture lecturer.
She speaks little English so the President of Paris American Academy itself Peter Carman joined us from 2 pm to 5 pm as translator! What an honour as usually this is done by other staff but students from IFTC get special treatment since Peter Carman and Mrs Annie Wong have been personal friends for decades!
Nicole Douvry taught and demonstrated how a couture gown was made from a sketch. She draped a mannequin using muslin or toile so she could bring the sketch to life. Within an hour her expert hands the muslin cloth became magically transformed into a prototype gown as envisioned by the designer!
Later Peter Carman took out a grand red evening gown by Madame Pico, a famous couturier who handmade this customised dress using the specific Gres method. This dress would have cost 12,000 euros (RM 50,000) so the IFTC students enjoyed a rare treat and were squealing with excitement at the rare chance to see, hold, touch and examine a genuine couture gown!
IFTC STUDENTS FROM KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA ATTENDING THE DRAPE CLASS AT PARIS AMERICAN ACADEMY UNDER NICOLE DOUVRY