André Courrèges, born March 9, 1923 in Pau (Basses-Pyrénées), and died January 7, 2016 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, is a French couturier, founder of the house Courrèges. Promoter of the miniskirt and pants for women, from the early 1960s he creates a functional, architectured, symbol of his time, and which will inspire following many stylists by its geometric shapes and the omnipresence of white. He worked at Balenciaga for ten years in the 1950s.
He founded his house in 1961, avenue Kléber, and met very quickly the success. The clothes are built, built and bear witness to his passion for architecture. He wants to dress the youth and free the woman: for this, he removes all the shackles that previously consisted of women's toilets, corset, bra, high heels ... instead he creates combi-shorts, short coats, tailors with wide pockets, pants and cropped pants, flat boots and promotes the mini-skirt and makes it into haute couture. In a few years, he is moving towards a futuristic fashion joining the trend of the time. While the transition between the 1950s and 1960s sees a fairly conventional daily fashion, the "Courrèges bomb", which is inspired and addressed to the youth, starts.
Too much copied, he then pauses in his activity and then resumes later to finally create several lines of products. Married to his assistant Coqueline, he will be nicknamed "Le Corbusier" of fashion.
In the mid-1990s, André Courrèges, a patient, retired; his wife takes over the artistic direction of the company.
Reached Parkinson's since the late 1980s, he died on January 7, 2016.