I am very fortunate to have grown up in the time of my favorite design stars. Andre Courreges being one of them . My mother was one of his biggest fans and my memories of her in his clothes is very prevalent in my mind. I was looking through one of the fashion magazines
recently and saw some of Marc Jacobs new spring collection. Absolutley stunning!
Courrèges wished to be an artist, but his father directed him into engineering, at which he was successful. In 1948 he joined the staff of the couturier Balenciaga and eventually advanced to the position of Balenciaga’s first assistant.
In 1961 Courrèges opened his own fashion house, and by 1964 he had become established as one of the most original couturiers in Paris. His collection featured proportionate, well-cut pants, rigidly constructed clothes with smooth “trapeze,” or trapezoidal, lines, and short skirts,
with white midcalf boots and large, dark glasses as accessories. White became his trademark.
Because his simple designs were widely copied, in 1965 he established strict control over the manufacture of his designs. In 1967 he showed both haute couture creations and ready-to-wear fashions for his boutique, Couture Future, with distribution controlled through licensed outlets.
His designs remained dramatically simple, with a complete lack of nostalgia, and included such innovations as hip-hugger pants with halter tops, transparent tops, sequined jumpsuits, and vinyl-trimmed suits and coats.
Often using white, Courréges created space-age, unisex styles and is known for dresses and trouser suits featuring straight, flat lines and sheer tops that sometimes sported cut-outs. He is often credited with the invention of the miniskirt,
which he frequently paired with shiny white boots. He later experimented with such looks as “gladiator” and ethnic outfits.