Courreges wool maxi dress, 1970s
André Courreges is best known for futuristic space age designs with mini skirts launched in 1965. See bottom picture for his couture future label. Like Cardin, Courreges favored strong geometric shapes. While often credited as the founder of the mini skirt, Courreges demonstrates his versatility with this fabulous maxi dress.
It is fashioned from navy wool crepe and lined with matching acetate. The dress closes in back with an invisible zipper. The floral cutouts around the neckline are backed with sheer mesh and have sequin centers. The neckline and sleeves are bordered with wide, bias binding.
In 1948 Courreges went to work for Cristóbal Balenciaga. After 11 years, Courreges became Balenciaga's first assistant. In 1961 Courreges opened his own design house. By 1964 he was viewed as one of the most original designers in Paris. Through the late 1960s, Courrèges' designs remained dramatically simple with complete lack of nostalgia. He remained a designer who always looked to the future.
We once adored Courreges' brilliant gaiety; still, his joyful legacy is undimmed by time.
The condition is excellent. It is clean and ready to wear.
It measures: 36" bust, 32" waist, 38" hip, and 54" from shoulder to hem.