André Courrèges was born on March 9, 1923 in Pau, France. He worked in a small Parisian fashion house in 1948 and within a year joined the staff of Cristobal Balenciaga. In 1961 he opened his own house and became established as one of the most original fashion designers in Paris. His designs were widely copied and he established control over manufacturing and distribution through licensed outlets. The designer died on January 7, 2016.
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