André Courrèges (1923-2016)

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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.

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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:

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Ensemble and coatdress, 1965.

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

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Dress, 1968.

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

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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.”

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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.”

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Sunglasses.
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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.

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