André Courrèges (1923-2016)


André Courrèges died this week at the age of 92.

Even if you don’t know his name, you’re familiar with the look he helped to launch: mod, space-age, youthquake, futuristic…sharp lines and bright colors…transparent materials and white boots and minis and slim pants and visors.


Here’s a line-up of looks as photographed for LIFE in 1968…

And here are a few signature pieces from the collection at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Ensemble and coatdress, 1965.

”I see things in bright colors. Some people are made to live in the light.”

Dress, 1968.

“I always proposed new things. With time they come to it.”

Jumper, ca. 1965.

“Style is always the same. Fashion is always up and down, abrupt. Chanel never made fashion, she made style. I never made fashion either.”

Coat, ca. 1963-67.

“The world’s creativity stopped in 1970. If they want to create something new they have to go back to 70’s Courreges.”

Boots, ca. 1967.

Images: Ian Cook for LIFE; Bill Ray for LIFE; The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Quotes from a 1986 interview in The New York Times.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s