A fabulous original Mid Century designer Courreges couture corduroy trench coat dress dating to the early 1970’s. This dress is 100% cotton. It is made of a wider wale corduroy with 5 1/2" zippers on the top of the dress, one of the design features that the Courreges fashion line from the1960’s to 1970's was known for. This dress was offered for sale online in recent years in a bright orange version in a size 2. Although bright orange was a characteristic color of the 1960's Courreges line, this original Courreges couture dress in basic black is a much easier dress to wear in our current time and in today's world and much more accessible in its size 8. The other fabric found in the detail of this dress is a heavy black cotton poplin. The dress has a drawstring waist with a tie belt made of the cotton poplin material, and the same material lines the entire dress interior and shows beneath a long dramatic vent in the back, as well as lining the underside of the Peter Pan collar and lining the gusset pleats on the large patch pockets. It is also used on sewn in small gusset inserts on the side seams at the underarm and are what the pull tabs on the zippers are made of. There are epaulets on the shoulders held with buttons. The dress has large deep flap pockets with gusseted pleats and buttons. The back top has a gusset pleat on each side of the shoulder. The back waist has a sewn on corduroy belt with buckles on either side, a feature seen throughout the Courreges line with interesting ways of framing and defining the waist. There is a long slit in the back, revealing the duck lining that has a little kick pleat of its own causing the dress to make a dramatic and elegant statement even when walking away. The label in this dress has been attributed to the 1960’s in other listings but actually it is an early 1970’s Courreges label. The dress would not reveal its detail well when photographed as a whole dress, whether I used flash, bright light, a dress form or hanger, as the color black can be difficult to photograph. For that reason, I have included many views with flash that show more close up views with detail in addition to a photo of the whole dress. The flash may make the color look faded but it is beautiful and dark black and without flaws to the corduroy's nap. The dress appears to have been possibly never worn or maybe worn once or twice. The dress is a size 8. It measures 14" shoulder to shoulder and the bust measures 18" from armpit to armpit. It measures 41 1/2" long from neck to hem. The waist, uncinched measures 17". The sleeves measure 20" long. This is a beautiful iconic designer dress in pristine condition that is also an easy to wear basic black addition to a wardrobe. Shown in the last photos in a shade of brown from an archive to illustrate better how the whole dress appears on a more professional dress model than mine.
Andre Courreges was originally trained as a civil engineer but chose to follow a career in fashion. He worked throughout the 1950s as a fitter at the House of Balenciaga and then formed his own business in 1961. Although his early designs showed a Balenciaga influence, he soon found his own style and in 1964 he first showed his “space age” collections. He was the first designer to show the mini skirt. In 1967 he introduced his ready to wear line Couture Future.