Balenciaga-trained fashion designer Andre Courreges dies at 92
Mini skirt creator
French fashion designer Andre Courreges has passed away in Paris, after a 30-year battle with Parkinson's disease. The 92-years-old, credited with creating the mini skirt was institutional in the style revolution of the '60s, a legacy that will not die with the designer.
Starting out as an engineer, Courreges then switched to fashion under the tutelage of Cristobal Balenciaga. In 1961, Courreges opened his own label and soon, his little white dress from the 'Space Age' and 'Moon Girl' collections became an iconic image of the swinging Sixties.
French president Francois Hollande led the tributes, describing Courreges as: "A revolutionary designer. Andre Courreges made his mark on haute couture using geometric shapes and new materials."
After retiring from fashion in the '90s, Andre Courreges spent his time painting and sculpting.