Entertainment Style Godfather of the miniskirt Courreges dies at 92

Godfather of the miniskirt Courreges dies at 92

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Fashion officials say French designer Andre Courreges, who laid claim to the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, has died at the age of 92.

His fashion house said in a statement that Courreges died on Thursday night following a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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Courreges launched his fashion house in 1961. His eponymous label set the trends for such stars as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve, who admired the designer’s ground-breaking geometry, plastic miniskirts, space-age silhouettes and futuristic textiles.

The house’s designs returned to the Paris catwalk last year after decades away.

French President Francois Hollande paid tribute in a statement that described Courreges as a “revolutionary designer” who “made his mark on French haute couture”.

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