Micheline Boucher graduated from the Cotnoir-Capponi school of fashion design in Montreal in 1966. Upon completing her three years of study in couture, she began to train as a model with the Audrey Morris agency, where she worked for five years. She then went to work for Constance Brown, who represented her for another five years.
A working model until the late 1970s, she also used her training in couture to make herself a few eye-catching knitwear pieces. In the early 1980s, Jean-Claude Poitras invited her to work with him at Beverini, a division of coat and sportswear manufacturer Auckie Sanft. Under the label Micheline Boucher pour Beverini, in 1981 she created a line of handmade knits to go with Poitras’ creations. This high-quality knitwear was sold at Lily Simon, Eaton’s and Holt Renfrew.
Micheline Boucher maintained this productive association with Beverini for several years, broadening her creative output of high-end pieces that were always produced in Montreal and, for a time, in Italy.
She went on to design collections of ready-to-wear sportswear and machine knits produced by various manufacturers, primarily Tricot Versailles from 1986 to 1988, which were very popular in the United States.
She left Auckie Sanft in 1989 to live in Vancouver and then moved back to Quebec in 1991, putting her high-end knitwear expertise to work for designer Lyse Spénard. From 1992 to 1994, she accepted an invitation from manufacturer Daymor Couture to associate her label with the company’s new knits and sportswear division. In 1994, she did some more contract work for Lyse Spénard in addition to starting her own interior design practice. Her new career quickly took over and she has devoted herself to interior design since 1995.
Cynthia Cooper, McCord Museum