André Courrèges Bonwit Teller
Coat and Dress
André Courrèges, French, Coat and Dress, ca. 1966, Cotton piqué with plastic buttons, Gift of Ms. Laraine Runci 82.118
After eleven years with Cristóbal Balenciaga, André Courrèges opened his own couture house in 1961 and achieved great success in the wake of the London-centered pop/youth explosion of the 1960s. While many established French couturiers floundered, Courrèges responded to the times by presenting a dramatic, space-age aesthetic that became instantly recognizable and widely copied. By the mid-1960s, his iconic look displayed clean lines that skimmed the body with the help of stiff fabrics, such as the cotton piqué used in this coat and dress. Elegant tailoring techniques, including welted seams, as seen here on the coat, give his work an almost architectural quality.