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Dorothea Nicolai works as a costume designer for opera and dance, she was trained at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg as a cutter specializing in period patterns. Since 2005 she is a member of the ICOM Costume Committee, serving as a board member since 2013. She had been teaching costume history at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Shoes have always been her passion, also for herself and her own collection of more than 100 pairs and the collection “Frau Nicolai” is to fill a need for shoes you cannot find. She currently is working on the collection “Herr Nicolai” for men’s shoes.