Thanks to Ms. Hank, many folks in this area have recently heard of Mr. Du Puis. He has recently been re-discovered and has acquired a large following.
He has been a designer since childhood. Du Puis grew up in Gueydan known as Richard ONeill. He taught himself to use the colors that were right before him, colors that one day would be used in his beautiful designs.
Du Puis began designing and hand sewing clothes for his mother and sister when he was a young boy. Not long after the “big secret” was reveled, that the beautiful gowns were not purchased at Masion Blanc’s inNew Orleans but were indeed Du Puis’s handiwork. He soon began to design and sew for more that just his family.
Once he had the encouragement from his family Du Puis asked to take the Home Economics class at Gueydan High School. After following all the guidelines that Principal Bush had presented to him, Du Puis became the first male student in Louisiana to take Home Economics. After graduating he attended the prestigious Berkeley College in California.
Du Puis designed for several designer houses in California and soon because a well sought-after name for women who were seeking Hollywood glam.
He could start with their wedding gown and end up designing their day dresses, evening gowns and sleepwear. Du Puis designed and sewed for every event his client needed to attend.
He still has an eye for designs and continues to hand make garments, jewelry and designing.
Du Puis and author Colene Hank meet while he was convalescing in a nursing home from a broken hip. Hank found Du Puis interesting and began to entertain the thought that Du Puis had a story to be told.
Hank takes the reader back to Du Puis’s roots, his home town of Gueydan. The book well describes the community and the scenery as if she herself had lived here.
Thanks to Hank’s attention Du Puis’s timeless fashions have become once aging the look women are asking for.