Lots of information, I know – but I think everybody should know his story!
“André Courrèges is a French fashion designer, known for his ultra-modern designs. At the age of 25, after studying to be a civil engineer, he went to Paris to work at Geanne Lafaurie fashion design house. A few months later he went over to Balenciaga, the renowned Spanish designer. In 1961 Courrèges opened his Maison de Couture with his little white dress and a trouser suit.
He launched his ‘Space Age’ collection in 1964. He built his dresses rather than designed them. The shapes of his clothes were geometric: squares, trapezoids, triangles. The look included boots, goggles, and hems three inches above the knees. The main features of his boxy, uncluttered look spread quickly throughout the fashion world, especially the miniskirt, which he introduced to France. The materials included plastic and metal. He uses PVC clothing in his collections. Colours were primary: metallic, white, red, yellow…
In 1966 he launched a new perfume, and in 1967 women began wearing his ‘second-skin’ all-over tights. This idea is still in vogue today.
Among Courrèges’ later creations were sweater pants, parkas, tennis dresses, beach clothes and mechanic-style coveralls. In contrast he also came out with a glow-in-the-dark jersey dress and an array of swimsuits, held together only by thin strings on the sides. He continued with his bright acid colors and geometrical designs. He was much copied by high-street retailers who toned down the ideas to better suit everyday wear. Shortly after he showed his space-age collection in 1964, the market was flooded with plastic skirts and jackets, angular seaming, crash helmets, white boots, and goggles.
Courrèges was influenced by modern architecture, technology, new fabrics, and modernism and futurism in art and design. Several others trod a similar path: Coco Chanel, who worked with and knew many modern artists, and Mary Quant, whose career paralled Courrèges in some ways. Courrèges was the one who pushed these ideas to the extreme, making some really memorable designs.
He and Mary Quant lay claim to the invention of the miniskirt.”
Images via LIFE.
“Frustrated by the lack of clothes suitable for small women like herself, Carmen de Tommaso dropped plans to become an architect or interior designer and took the remedy into her own hands. In 1945 she opened her own house under the name Carven.
Her fresh and carefree style was an immediate hit with actresses like Leslie Caron and Martine Carol and young girls around the world, including the future wife of president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, whose wedding dress she designed.”
Photography by Marcus Tondo via
Lilla Fufavi is based in Budapest, Hungary.
“fufavi will take you to the heart of the striped box, where you enter the magical world: Colors that begin to play around with you. Patterns that fit the colors. Lines that make women, real woman with plenty of guts. The fufavi women is attractive and sexy, who takes good care of herself, appreciates all the beauties she is coming across, but doesn’t take life and herself to serious. She knows, that life is like a rollercoaster, thus she tries to make a game out of everything surrounding her…”
via David Gómez
“David Gómez (Alicante, Spain 1984) is a photographer/ illustrator based in Barcelona. Influenced by the drawings of his father – a shoe designer and having spent his childhood among sketches and fashion David graduated in fine arts. He early on felt a need to explore and experiment with new techniques and ways of expression – both on paper and in photography.
Inspired by indigenous, tribes and mystical cultures, David photographs and illustrates his own tribe, portraits full of personality with multi colored masks and geometrical patterns that make them unique and inimitable.”
via Eric Gjerde
“Jones passionately believed in the search for a modern style unique to the nineteenth century – one which was radically different to the prevailing aesthetics of Neo-Classicism and the Gothic Revival. He looked towards the Islamic world for much of this inspiration, using his carefully observed studies of Islamic decoration at the Alhambra to develop bold new theories on flat patterning, geometry and abstraction in ornament. The V&A’s Word & Image Department holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Owen Jones material – including travel sketches, illuminated books, wallpapers and original design drawings for tiles, textiles, furniture, metalwork, interior decoration and architecture.”