This summer the 60-s style is having a revival on the runway. Current SS 13 collections of the most successful fashion brands such as Prada and Louis Vuitton encompass a swarm of references to the 60-s fashion era, especially to André Courrèges’ groundbreaking fashion design. André Courrèges was, by all means, ahead of his time and he is still a source of inspiration for contemporary designers.
Let’s immerse into the world of this forward thinker, creator, innovator and dreamer, who was born in the Basque part of France, in Pau in 1923. André Courrèges was studying engineering before the carrier in fashion beckoned. From 1950 until 1961 André Courrèges worked for Christobal Balenciaga alongside Emanuel Ungaro, who was also working for Balenciaga at that time. When Courrèges left the couturier and founded his own fashion house.
Courrèges created fashion that was based on sculptural silhouettes and clean, molded lines. His minimalist designs and ever-present use of technologically advanced synthetic materials reflected Courrèges’ engineering background and his interest in new contemporary technologies, especially in those technologies and techniques that were related to the observation of space, as he often drew the inspiration for his designs from astronaut’s equipment. Helmet-shaped headpieces, thick chunky gloves, PVC textile, that he was able to transform into ravishing dresses and roomy overcoats, perforated and checked overknees, - it was contemporary fashion that looked towards the future, to the day when people could walk on the moon, dressed in Courrèges’ striking items, of course…
Prada’s SS 13 collection pays a tribute to the “Space Man” Courrèges and shows socks-like leather boots in silver, gold, red and powder pink, that undoubtedly resemble Courrèges’ midcalf boots from his Space Age collection.
Prada enhances the look by combining the soft sleek boots with high wedges, and thus responds to the everlasting trend for the tall slender silhouette that is expressed in the popularity of high heels, wedges and platforms. Prada’s wedges, sunglasses, tops and overcoats also feature a daisy motif which was often André Courrèges’ trademark and that he associated with youth and young generation, that was very vivid and active in the 60-s, when André Courrèges designed his collections.
André Courrèges creations included very unusual nearly bizarre headpieces such as knitted helmets, hats that cover entire head and face, exposing only the eyes, which also resemble the balaclava helmet, as well as very sculptural futuristic hats that have a distinct sci-fi aesthetic.