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July 24, 2015

Space Age: Futuristic Fashion Designed by André Courrèges From the 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. Courrèges defined the go-go boot and along with Mary Quant, is one of the designers credited with inventing the miniskirt.

Courrège’s Spring 1964 collection established his impact on the fashion industry and named him the Space Age designer. The line consisted of “architecturally-sculpted, double-breasted coats with contrasting trim, well-tailored, sleeveless or short-sleeved minidresses with dropped waistlines and detailed welt seaming, and tunics worn with hipster pants”.


A notable look was the linear minidresses with revolutionary tailoring with cut-out panels that displayed waists, midriffs and backs. Courrège had strong beliefs within the liberation of fashion. He emphasized that “A woman’s body must be hard and free, not soft and harnessed. The harness – the girdle and bra – is the chain of the slave.” Which is why his cut-out panel garments were worn without bras.

Accessories were inspired by astronauts equipment such as; goggles, helmets and flat boots. White and metallic color ways were implemented to emphasize the futuristic collection. He utilized unconventional materials such as metal, plastic and PVC which was unusual for couture ateliers.

The entire collection was celebrated with British Vogue announced that 1964 was “the year of Courrèges”. The New York Times described him as “the brightest blaze of the year” to emphasis the change from the little black dress to the white dress. Designers such as Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne taking influences towards “future” fashion looks. With new popularity, his designs trickled down to mass production companies that created affordable designs similar to Courrèges.

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

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

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by Peter Knapp, 1965

André Courrèges, Dress, photographed by William Laxton, 1960s

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

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

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

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

André Courrèges, Dress, photographed by William Klein, 1965

Catherine Deneuve in André Courrèges Boots and Coat, 1965

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by Pierre Boulat for LIFE, 1965

Simon D'Aillencourt in André Courrèges Coat, photographed by John French, 1964

André Courrèges, Dress, 1965

André Courrèges, Overalls, 1970

Diana Ross in André Courrèges Dress, 1966

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

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by Robert Cohen, 1977

André Courrèges, Ensemble, 1968

André Courrèges, Dress, 1967

André Courrèges, Coat, 1969

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

Patti Boyd in André Courrèges Ensemble, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1969

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by Paul Huf, 1969

Catherine Deneuve in André Courrèges Dress, photographed by David Bailey for Vogue, 1967

André Courrèges, Ensembles and Dresses, photographed by Bill Ray, 1968

André Courrèges, Ensemble, 1965

André Courrèges, Ensemble, 1965

André Courrèges, Ensemble, 1965

André Courrèges, Mini-Dress, photographed by Pierre Boulat, 1965

André Courrèges, Ensembles, photographed by Alain Dejean, 1971

André Courrèges, Ensemble, 1965

André Courrèges Fashion Show, 1972

André Courrèges, Sunglasses, photographed by Peter Knapp, 1965

André Courrèges, Ensemble, 1965

Astrid Heeren in André Courrèges Suit, photographed by Philippe Pottier, 1963

André Courrèges, Tunic, 1968-1969

Simone D'Aillencourt in André Courrèges Ensemble, photographed by John French, 1964

André Courrèges Fashion Show, 1972

Tilly Tizzani in André Courrèges Dress, photographed by William Klein, 1962

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

André Courrèges, Coat, 1969

André Courrèges, Dress, photographed by Regina Relang, 1972


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

Marella Agnelli in André Courrèges Dress, photographed by Henry Clark for Vogue, 1967

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

André Courrèges, Ensemble, photographed by John French, 1964

André Courrèges, Dress, photographed by Bert Stern for Vogue, 1967

André Courrèges, Coat and Shoes, photographed by Bert Stern, 1969

André Courrèges, Dress, 1970

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

André Courrèges, Ensembles, photographed by Peter Knapp for ELLE, 1965

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

André Courrèges, Dress, 1972

André Courrèges, Ensembles, 1965

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

André Courrèges, Glasses, 1970

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

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




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