Vintage: Futuristic Fashion by André Courrèges (1960s)

Vintage: Futuristic Fashion by André Courrèges (1960s)


André Courrèges (9 March 1923 – 7 January 2016) was a French fashion designer. He was particularly known for his streamlined 1960s designs influenced by modernism and futurism, exploiting modern technology and new fabrics.

His career began in 1950 at Balenciaga, where he worked under the house’s founder for 11 years. It was at Balenciaga where he also met Coqueline Barrière, his wife and creative collaborator for the rest of his life. (The “AC” in the brand’s logo actually stands for “André and Coqueline,” not “André Courrèges.”) Together, they founded the Courrèges haute couture maison in 1961, expanding into ready-to-wear several years later. By 1965, Courrèges had risen to international fame for his forward-thinking modern designs.

André Courrèges, Dresses, photographed by F.C. Gundlach, 1965

André Courrèges, Dresses, photographed by F.C. Gundlach, 1965

Diana Ross in André Courrèges Dress, 1966

Diana Ross in André Courrèges Dress, 1966

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by John French, 1960s

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by John French, 1960s

André Courrèges, Ensemble, 1968

André Courrèges, Ensemble, 1968

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by F.C. Gundlach, 1965

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by F.C. Gundlach, 1965

André Courrèges, Ensembles, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1969

André Courrèges, Ensembles, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1969

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by Paul Huf, 1969

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by Paul Huf, 1969

André Courrèges, Tunic, 1968-1969

André Courrèges, Tunic, 1968-1969

Audrey Hepburn in André Courrèges Hat, photographed by Douglas Kirkland, 1965

Audrey Hepburn in André Courrèges Hat, photographed by Douglas Kirkland, 1965

Melanie Hampshire in André Courrèges Coat, photographed by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper's Bazaar, 1965

Melanie Hampshire in André Courrèges Coat, photographed by Melvin Sokolsky for Harper’s Bazaar, 1965

Astrid Schiller in André Courrèges Mini-Dress, photographed by F.C. Gundlach, 1965

Astrid Schiller in André Courrèges Mini-Dress, photographed by F.C. Gundlach, 1965

André Courrèges, Dress, photographed by Regina Relang, 1972

André Courrèges, Dress, photographed by Regina Relang, 1972

André Courrèges, Dress, photographed by F.C. Gundlach, 1965

André Courrèges, Dress, photographed by F.C. Gundlach, 1965


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