André Courrèges (French, Pau 1923–2016 Neuilly-sur-Seine)
Gift of Kimberly Knitwear Inc., 1974
Not on view
Courrèges' sensibility evolved from his training with Balenciaga. In this coat dress, he applied the surgical cut and strict tailoring to the geometric planes of 1960s fabric. The thrown-back rolled collar derives from Balenciaga, as does a responsiveness to comfort. Attuned to the fashion of the very young, as inspired by Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin, Courrèges retained Balenciaga's flattering attention to the details that obscure age. (Shown with 1974.136.9ab in background, also by Courrèges.)
Marking: [label] Courrèges
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Haute Couture," December 7, 1995–March 24, 1996.
Kimbell Art Museum. "The Art of Fashion: The Radical Sixties," December 1, 1990–February 24, 1991.