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    Continuing my theme from the other day, Fashion Repeats, I thought I would head back to the 60's -- not on some psychedelic acid trip or anything, but back to the fashion archives. Fashion trends usually repeat every 25 years or so, which is why we have seen the resurgence of the 1980's over the past few seasons. Since I'm a child of this decade, I don't find what I see in magazines, stores and on the runways right now to be as tragic as others. Since I liked a lot of the styles and wore the clothes before, it makes sense that I would like them again as long as the pieces look current. A modernized version of a 1980's style, if you will.

     a very modern looking Courrèges leather jacket from the 1960's

    Claude Montana, circa 1988 (left) & Balenciaga, Spring 2010 (right)

    Considering that fashion tends to recycle approximately every 25 years, it is also logical that I find the styles of the 1960's to be visually appealing. I've always been drawn to strong shapes and geometric styling and this has manifested into my personal design aesthetic. As a young, budding designer, I was not only influenced by designers of the 80's (i.e. Montana, Mugler, Ferre), but also of the 60's.

    Some of my favorite 1960's fashions are the creations of André Courrèges. Courrèges is a French designer known for his ultra-modern style. Born March 9, 1923 in the Pyrenees, Courrèges traveled to Paris at age 25 and worked briefly at a fashion design house (Geanne Lafaurie) before going to work with Spanish designer, Cristobal Balenciaga.

    Courrèges, 1965 (Left)
    (Right) Me in 1988 in my pathetic attempt to make a similar jacket style (I didn't even know how to sew back then!)  I'm subjecting myself to this embarrassing photo for the good of this post!

    Courrèges eventually started his own collection, introducing space-age clothes. His designs were angular and he used shapes such as the square, trapezoid and triangle to create strong, futuristic and minimalistic pieces. The designer said that he built his dresses rather than designed them. Bright colors, plastic materials, synthetic fabrics and bold black and white patterns were rigidly constructed into unique styles that became Andre’s signature look.

    Courrèges collage