Vintage 1980s Courreges Sunglasses
Andre Courreges was born in Pau, in the Basque country of France in 1923. In 1950 he was apprenticed to the Master, Balenciaga, working for his mentor until 1960. Courreges opened his own house, Maison de Courreges in 1961 designing pieces that were unusually minimalist for their time. And by 1964, he had shortened skirts and introduced cool and pale colours into the fashion vocabulary. His garments featured welt seams, top stitching bias, in gaberdine, double-faced wool, cotton lace, and leather.
In 1968 Courreges hit the headlines with his SPACE AGE collection. His clothes at this time, were functional, uncluttered, futuristic designs. He was fascinated by metal and put his models into metal brassieres and bustiers. Andy Warhol said "Courreges clothes are so beautiful, everyone should look the same, dressed in silver. Silver merges into everything, costumes should be worn during the day with lots of make-up." Courreges' clothes were sharp, angular and subject to a highly disciplined design. Simple, stark, trapeze-shape dresses and coats were boldly piped in contrasting colours.