Iconic 1960s Andres Courreges Bright Orange & White Vinyl Coat or Dress
Andre Courreges made these amazing little faux leather coats out of a coated vinyl starting around 1963 and into the early 1970s. The vinyl give it a more sporty look and was also considered to be a cutting edge fabric during this time period. It also features his logo prominently on the front which was also rather daring for this era. He was one the first designers to do this.
This can be worn as either a coat or a dress with something underneath. It is belted for definition through the waist and the big pockets at the front act as both a design feature and give it a sense of utility. His signature coated snaps do up the front and at the back there is a row hidden under the vent that allows you to close it for a more dress feel or leave them open so that the bottom skirting has more volume and functions more like a coat. It is cut to skim over the body and be more fitted through the top. Courreges himself once commented on the perfect fit saying that is “was somewhere between a youthful and optimistic inventiveness, and a concept of fashion embracing the platonic ideal of perfect form. What was needed was to apply new technical and aesthetic rules and to create a modern style that was easy to wear”. This is one of the much rarer originals in one of the best and most coveted of the colors - the brilliant orange. Excellent overall condition with notes to review below
The jacket snaps to close at the front and it has its original belt that also snaps into place. More snaps close the back vent and each cuff. The pockets zipper as seen. Inside, the lining can be fully removed and snaps into place. It is tagged a Courreges size 0. There are a few tiny nicks out of the vinyl exterior and the slightest, tiniest bit of wear near the logo. Minor wear to the paint on a couple of the snaps and a touch of grubbiness to one pocket flap. Inside the lining has some small missing areas. The exterior flaws are normal wear and patina for this fabric and it presents as excellent. The interior issues are minor and the fabric is strong and stable.
Shoulders: 14 3/4"
Bust: 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Bodice: 16" from neck to waist
Skirt: 29" from waist to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-SML
Reference Photos: (1) Model in Courreges, L'Officiel c.1970s. / (2) 1963-69 Courreges Coat from The Met Collection.
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.