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Andre Courreges (1923 - 2016)

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Andre Courreges (1923 - 2016)

Andre Courreges, a French fashion designer who claimed to have invented the miniskirt during the 1960s, has died, according to The Associated Press. He was 92.

The death was announced by the designer's fashion house, which noted that Courreges had Parkinson's disease for some 30 years. Courreges died Jan. 7 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.

Born March 9, 1923, in Pau, France, Courreges originally studied to become a civil engineer. In the late 1940s, however, he began working at the Jeanne Lafaurie fashion house. He soon moved over to the European luxury fashion house founded by the Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga.

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Courreges wasn't the only designer to have taken credit for creating the miniskirt. The Welsh fashion designer Dame Barbara Mary Quant made the claim as well.

"I invented the mini," he once said. "Mary Quant just commericialized the idea."

He also said that his fashions made women look 20 years younger "without the using of a scalpel."

Although both designers were influenced by modern architecture and modernism in art and design, Courreges took his fashion concepts to the extreme, most notably after launching his fashion house in 1961. He created dresses with hems that fell to 3 inches above the knees. He used plastics of brilliant reds, yellows and whites in some of his designs.

He launched his Space Age collection three years after opening his house of fashion. He later branched out, creating tennis dresses, sweater pants, and swimsuits and other beach-related clothing. He even styled a jersey dress that glowed in the dark.

French President Francois Hollande released a statement praising Courreges as "a revolutionary designer" who "made his mark on French haute couture."

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