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Courrèges, André

Courrèges, André äNdrā´ ko͞or-rĕzh´ [key], 1923–2016, French fashion designer whose designs were especially popular and influential during the 1960s. He worked for the couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga from 1950 to 1961, when he opened his own house. Often using white, Courr`ges created space-age, unisex styles and became known for dresses and trouser suits featuring straight, flat lines and sheer tops that sometimes sported cut-outs. He is often credited with the invention of the miniskirt, which he frequently paired with shiny white boots. He later experimented with such looks as gladiator and ethnic outfits.

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