A lifelong Parisian, Jacqueline Bouchard studied English and Art History at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and took drawing lessons for three years. With such an eclectic background, she had no idea what career she might follow until one day she chanced to meet a filmmaker and struck up a conversation that led to an introduction with a production company filming commercials.
Hired as a stylist, Jacqueline worked with both French and English directors on commercials for Kodak and Lee Cooper Jeans, among many others, with her costume designer sister Catherine. One of Jacqueline's mentors at the time was Jean-Paul Goude, a prolific graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and advertising film director with whom she worked frequently. For twelve years, Jacqueline did styling for the advertising industry where she not only polished her craft but had many opportunities to travel all over the world, one of her great passions.
While working in commercial production, Jacqueline met the eminent French filmmaker Claude Miller, who hired her as Costume Designer for her first feature film, L' Effrontee. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, it is the story of a working-class 13-year-old girl, who lives in a drab, run-down and is ready to become an adult. She dreams of a better life and her situation improves when she meets a pianist from the other side of the tracks, whom she admires. Jacqueline's debut work on L'Effrontee, earned her a nomination for the Cesar Award for Best Costume Design.
Jacqueline credits Miller as having imparted to her the insight that enables her to create wardrobes particular to a character's essence. Her ability to follow his directorial advice to costume 'the story' and provide a sense of style that is always discreet and not overwhelming, frequently by using vintage rather than newly made clothing, was so successful that Jacqueline has been Costume Designer on all of Miller's films ever since their initial collaboration.
Among the many films (61 in total) Bouchard has costumed, the following have been some of her most rewarding and enjoyable: the dramatic comedy Maman, directed by Alexandra Leclere (2011); the comedy Camping 2, directed by Fabien Onteniente (2009); the comedy Le bruit des glacons (The Clink of Ice), directed by Bertrand Blier (2009); the drama Il ya longtemps que je t'aime (I've Loved You So Long), directed by Philippe Claudel (2008); the comedy L'un reste l'autre part (One Stays, The Other Leaves), directed by Claude Berri (2004); the road movie Mille bornes (Thousand Miles), directed by Alain Beigel (1998).
In 2007 Jacqueline received her second nomination for a Cesar Award in Costume Design for Un Secret (A Secret), a post WWII story of a Jewish Parisian family that harbors a secret, on which she collaborated once again with her longtime friend and mentor, director Claude Miller.
Jacqueline's final film with Miller, who passed away in April 2012, was Therese Desqueyroux. A period piece set in the 1920s, it was chosen as the closing film for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it was screened in competition for the Palme D'Or.
For her ability to capture a films quintessential emotional essence in its costuming Jacqueline Bouchard is receiving TheWIFTS Foundation 2012 Costume Design Award.