A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to find a dress designed by AndrÃ© CourrÃ¨ges. It was one of my most exciting finds. I never dreamed of finding something by such an iconic designer. It’s like getting struck by lightening – within the realm of possibilities, but highly unlikely to occur. Well, lightening struck me twice, because this Saturday I found a jacket by CourrÃ¨ges Homme.
CourrÃ¨ges trained under Cristobal Balenciaga from 1950 to 1960. Learning from such a master influenced CourrÃ¨ges for a long time. After working for Balenciaga for 10 years, CourrÃ¨ges opened his own house, Maison de CourrÃ¨ges. His designs always focus on comfort, simplicity, and precision – much of what he learned from Balenciaga. During the 1960s, CourrÃ¨ges became well-know for innovative silhouettes. He was among the first to show a mini skirt in a couture show and introduced “moon boots” in 1964. Moon boots are white, flat heeled, calf length boots. CourrÃ¨ges continued to innovate fashion throughout the 1960s and 1970s. His Space Age collection in 1968 featured clothing that was simple, futuristic, and used lots of industrial hardware.
It wasn’t until 1973 that CourrÃ¨ges started designing menswear under the division CourrÃ¨ges Homme. Like most men’s fashion, it seems that CourrÃ¨ges Homme is mentioned only as a side note. There are hundreds of articles and chronologies on his work, and they all only seem to list “1973, CourrÃ¨ges Homme”. So, I’ll have to rely mostly on looking at this menswear jacket and comparing it to the women’s wear labels to tell you more.
A major difference between the menswear line and womenswear is the logo used. The menswear has an interlocked “a” and “c” monogram, referencing the designer’s initials. Here the logo is on the left side as an embellishment, and it also appears on the label.