Evening dress

Designer André Courrèges French

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The paradox of the couture of the 1960s was its Utopian dream, tempered by the Space Age, and its thorough reliance on traditional techniques. Thus, Courrèges evokes with sequins a futuristic suit of mail disposed between medieval history and speculation on clothing for the future. When ready-to-wear fashion imitated the effects of such couture, suppleness was often sacrificed, as was the Utopian vision of a clothing at once opulent and optimistic.

Evening dress, André Courrèges (French, Pau 1923–2016 Neuilly-sur-Seine), cotton, French

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