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André Courrèges

Born: 9-Mar-1923
Birthplace: Pau, France
Died: 7-Jan-2016
Location of death: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Fashion Designer

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Miniskirt, go-go boots, etc.

Military service: French Air Force (WWII)

Trained as an engineer but much to the consternation of his father, took to fashion design. After ten years at house Balenciaga, he founded his own house and achieved breakout in 1964 with the launch of his "Space Age" collection, a futuristic line highlighting whites and silvers, matching the zeitgeist of the time. It is not known definitively who designed the miniskirt, whether it be him, British designer Mary Quant, or some other person, as several claim credit. Business grew to 125 boutiques by the early 1970s. Courrèges retired in 1995, his wife continuing with the firm; he sold the brand altogether in 2011.

Wife: Coqueline Barrière (m. 1967, until his death, one daughter)
Daughter: Marie

    University: École Nationale des Ponts-et-Chaussées

    Courrèges Founder and Head (1961-1995)
    Balenciaga Fashion Designer (1951-61)
    Jeanne Lafaurie Fashion Designer (1950-51)

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