Jane Fonda wore Courrèges boots in Barbarella, all the hip girls in the Swinging Sixties swung with them, Nancy Sinatra danced in them to sing “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’!”
And they walked a long walk, all the way from the Sixties and still going strong, having become a “classic” style, thanks to the visionary design of André Courrèges, who passed away today (January 8, 2016) at the young old age of 92, leaving a pioneering mark on fashion history.
The French designer’s streamlined, geometric designs, influenced by futurism and modernism, became all the rage in the 1960s. Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and even Barbie wore Courrèges.
Along with Mary Quant, he was credited as one of the inventors of the miniskirt, before introducing pants for working women. (Pants were worn for sports or at home until then. Reminds me of the “apartment pants” in an episode of Friends!)
But he became most famous for his footwear.
His outfits were often paired with white vinyl block-heeled mid-calf boots, gradually evolving into his most famed invention (and an array of colours), the go-go boots. These white boots that were made for more than just walkin’ became all the rage in 1964. And as hemlines climbed up the leg, the boots followed and rose proportionately right below the knees.
The term go-go comes from the French expression à gogo, meaning “in abundance, galore”. Yes, we’re all go-go girls and want Courrèges in abundance. Let’s jump up and salute this visionary designer who made fashion so much more fun.
Watch the Courrèges SS 2016 catwalk show here.