André Courrèges is the father of the 1960s Space Age fashion movement. After cutting his teeth at Balenciaga, he started his own fashion house that created designs for women that were out of this world. The French designer's pieces are now coveted by vintage clothing collectors and enthusiasts, so let's take a look at why he is one of the most unique fashion designers of the 20th century.
André embraced all things modern and went against the grain of the other couture houses in the 1960s. He created modern, minimalistic silhouettes that showed a liberated woman who loved her body and the freedom that his clothing provided her.
He very frequently created white designs but also utilized metallics and bright pops of color. The looks were completed with white ankle boots, goggles, and helmets. His collection in 1964 was what propelled him to fame and made his name a recognizable one in the fashion industry. The fashion critic saw designs made from rarely, if ever, fabrics such as gaberdine, vinyl, and plastic. One specific design that stood out was the pantsuit. As the New York Times said, "Pants suits are the nerve cells of his newest collection. He uses the same deep V slash so they break prettily over a boot. In back, the trousers go from the hip to the bottom of the heel in one smooth stroke."
See black and white footage below from this special vintage collection:
André went on to serve many celebrity clients including Jackie Kennedy, Catherine Deneuve, Françoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot, and even the Duchess of Windsor - Wallis Simpson. Unfortunately, he was forced to end his career early due to Parkinson's disease, but this didn't stop the house of Courrèges from being successful into the new millennium. His modernistic designs still inspire us today.
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