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Space Age Style by André Courrèges

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André Courrèges, 1972
André Courrèges, 1972

We celebrate the sartorial Space Craze of the 1960s, created by fashion pioneer André Courrèges

Trends in the 1960s can be credited to a few sartorial pioneers: Mary Quant invented the mini-skirt, Jackie Kennedy popularised the pillbox hat, Yves Saint Laurent created the Le Smoking tuxedo. The French designer André Courrèges is best known for introducing the revolutionary Space Look – an intergalactic breed of dressing, featuring white boots, goggles and boxy dresses, designed in futuristic metallic shades, high-shine fabrics and PVC. His technical garments pioneered a new look that blended avant-garde geometry with sport classics, driven by the youthful energy that defined the decade, and are celebrated in a new book by Emmanuelle Dirix, considering fashion in the 70s.

“I believe one can make women happier by bringing both more white and more colour into their lives,” Courrèges preached. “It’s ridiculous to focus on hemlines. Wearing my clothes is a question of spirit.” Courrèges translated the 60s space-craze into clothing, and when at last in 1969, man landed on the moon, Courrèges celebrated with a range of mirror-disc stamped overalls, created in the White Salon at his Avenue Kléber studio.

André Courrèges, 1973
André Courrèges, 1973

An engineering graduate, Courrèges completed an apprenticeship with Balenciaga before launching his eponymous label in 1961. Inspired by Le Corbusier, his clothing was very architectural: sculptural dresses in stark white, metallic squares and triangular forms. He is also credited for the ‘second skin’ – the all-over tights adopted by women in 1967. “A man must consider woman for what she really is, beyond bosoms, buttocks and all female shapes,” he advised, adding playfully, “it wouldn’t be bad to remember that bosoms and brains are inversely proportioned in a woman.”

André Courrèges for his Hyperbole label, 1973
André Courrèges for his Hyperbole label, 1973

Fashion in the ’70s by Emmanuelle Dirix is out on November 6, published by Goodman-Fiell.

(Words by Mhairi Graham – Mhairi Graham is fashion writer at AnOther and AnOthermag.com. She also writes for The Financial Times and Wallpaper* and came runner-up in the 2011 Vogue Talent Contest.)

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