Dorottya Willet Szabo adores Paris. After all, it was where she traveled with the important man in her life and like many women, the City of Love drew her in. Her affinity for Paris is obvious from the moment you step inside her atelier. A classic Eiffel Tower stands stately to one side and serves as an Instagrammable backdrop for women as they try on her beautiful creations. As your eye travels over the jewel-colored dresses lining the walls you see touches of Paris nestled about. Dori is a designer and the owner of Paris Vogue Apparel. After spending over 35 years in the fashion industry she has a unique skill set that sets her in a category of specialists. She possesses that chic joie de vivre one expects from a Parisienne but in fact, she was born in Hungary. Tea and treats are already waiting for the team as they bustle about getting ready for the fashion shoot and interview. We are getting a glimpse into her fascinating journey through different cultures and countries and are about to learn how she came to realize her dream. Dori always thought a bridal dress shop would be a good business when she decided to slow down and is thrilled to see it realized even though it launched just as COVID began. Wedding dresses are only one facet of her business though as she also dresses actors and actresses here in Hollywood North. 20
DOLL HAUTE COUTURE STARTS IT ALL Her first foray into the world of fashion started in her childhood creating haute couture for her doll. She remembers her mother’s angst when at four years of age, Dori used her mother’s favorite skirt to create doll clothes. When she was older, she returned wine and beer bottles to fund her fabric habit. Sometimes it wasn’t quite enough though and she had to be innovative. Like the time she used the curtains which belonged to the Communist Party to sew her and her boyfriend matching shirts. Dori has always had an unconventional approach to life. She started her first business in the Bahamas in 1985 by chance. Traveling with her boyfriend, she was a beach babe. Someone took notice of the daring sexy bikini held together with string she had put together and asked her to make them one. Dori remembers she sold them on the beach in plastic bags, sealed with an iron. Dori has always had an unconventional approach to life. 21
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