Vintage: Futuristic Fashion Designed by André Courrèges (1960s)

Vintage: Futuristic Fashion Designed 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.

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

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

Kellie Wilson in André Courrèges Ensemble, photographed by Bert Stern, 1969

Kellie Wilson in André Courrèges Ensemble, photographed by Bert Stern, 1969

André Courrèges, Dress, 1970

André Courrèges, Dress, 1970

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

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

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

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

André Courrèges, Dress, 1972

André Courrèges, Dress, 1972

André Courrèges, Ensembles, 1965

André Courrèges, Ensembles, 1965

Simone D'Aillencourt in André Courrèges Sunglasses, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1965

Simone D’Aillencourt in André Courrèges Sunglasses, photographed by Richard Avedon, 1965

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catherine Deneuve in André Courrèges Boots and Coat, 1965

Catherine Deneuve in André Courrèges Boots and Coat, 1965


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