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|Native name||Jacqueline Barrière|
Hendaye, FranceJuly 25, 1935
|Baptised||July 25, 1935|
|Occupation||Couture, Design, Electric Vehicles|
|Spouse(s)||André Courrèges (married 1966-)|
Coqueline Courrèges (born Jacqueline Barrière, 25 July 1935) is a couturière and co-founder of the Courrèges Company. She has also developed electric vehicles.
Coqueline Courrèges was born Jacqueline Barrière on 25 July 1935 in Hendaye, France. She arrived in Paris at the age of 14 to sit for her dress-making training certificate.
In 1952, she joined Balenciaga, where she met André Courrèges. She enrolled in the dress-making register in 1955. In 1961 André and Coqueline Courrèges together opened the André Courrèges Couture house, located at no. 48 Avenue Kléber, Paris. Coqueline Courrèges was André Courrèges's partner in creativity. They were married in 1966 and have one daughter, Marie, born in 1970.
At André's side, Coqueline was the first person to wear pure white trouser suits, second skin tights, and flat boots. Refusing conventions, she remained the company's second. She was the incarnation of the busy and modern short-haired woman, “wearing trousers at all hours of the day”. She was what one could call the “Courrèges' revolution” of the image of a free independent working woman.
Courrèges couture house was sold to the Japanese textile company Itokin in 1984. In 1993, André Courrèges bought back his own company from the Japanese group. From 1995 to 2010, while André Courrèges spent his days involved with painting and sculpture, Coqueline Courrèges ran the Courrèges Design and Courrèges Parfum companies. She re-opened the factory in Pau. In 1997 launched a new perfume, "2020". Always interested in science and innovation, Coqueline Courrèges worked with biologists and geneticists on clothing of the future, creating different events mixing fashion and the new technologies.
Her childhood passion for cars, resulting from memories of her father taking part in races driving Bugattis, led her to start developing cars in 1999. Convinced of the importance of ecological challenges, she worked on electric cars. An initial prototype has already been designed and presented during a Courrèges fashion show in 1968. Between 2000 and 2008, five prototypes of 100% electric cars were created and built, competing in Europe, the United States and Asia in the Bibendum Challenges organized by Michelin. In 2006, the International Salon of Inventions in Geneva awarded her a “patent” for Electric cars.
Since 2010, Coqueline Courrèges has devoted herself to the defence of André Courrèges's intellectual and moral rights, while at the same time carrying on her projects involving electric transport. On 24 July 2018, she set up a record authenticated at the Montlhéry circuit, where she got a 100% electric car to travel 200 kilometres; it was recharged in 5 minutes by a storage and electrical charging station fuelled by solar panels
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