Courrèges, André

Courrèges, André

(äNdrā` ko͞or-rĕzh`), 1923–2016, French fashion designer whose designs were especially popular and influential during the 1960s. He worked for the couturier Cristóbal BalenciagaBalenciaga, Cristóbal
, 1895–1972, Spanish-born French fashion designer. He established houses of couture in Spain (1919–31) and Paris (1937–68) and quickly became couturier to Europe's royalty and aristocracy.
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 from 1950 to 1961, when he opened his own house. Often using white, Courr`ges created space-age, unisex styles and became known for dresses and trouser suits featuring straight, flat lines and sheer tops that sometimes sported cut-outs. He is often credited with the invention of the miniskirt, which he frequently paired with shiny white boots. He later experimented with such looks as "gladiator" and ethnic outfits.
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