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Coqueline Courrèges

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Coqueline Courrèges
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Native nameJacqueline Barrière
Born(1935-07-25)July 25, 1935
Hendaye, France
🏳️ NationalityFrench
💼 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 fashion company.


Coqueline Courrèges was born Jacqueline Barrière on 25 July 1935 in Hendaye, France. She arrived in Paris[1] 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.[2][3]. Coqueline Courrèges was André Courrèges's partner in creativity[3]. They were married in 1966 and have one daughter, Marie, born in 1970.

At André's side[1], Coqueline was the first person to wear pure white trouser suits, second skin tights, and flat boots[4]. Refusing conventions[5], she remained the company's second[6]. She was the incarnation of the busy and modern short-haired woman, “wearing trousers at all hours of the day”[7]. She was what one could call the “Courrèges' revolution” of the image of a free independent working woman[8].

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[9][5][10]. She re-opened the factory in Pau. In 1997 launched a new perfume, "2020"[11]. 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[12][13]

Her childhood passion for cars, resulting from memories of her father taking part in races driving Bugattis[14], led her to start developing cars in 1999[1]. 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[15]. 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[16]. 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[17], while at the same time carrying on her projects involving electric transport[18]. 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[19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Orsenna, Erik (2008). Courrèges. Paris: éditions Xavier Barral. p. 178. ISBN 9782915173406. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. "The Lord of the Space Ladies". Life (Magazine). 5 May 1965. ISSN 0024-3019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Örmen, Catherine (2012). Un siècle de mode (in French). Paris: Éditions Larousse. p. 74. ISBN 978-2-03-587455-9.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. Sheppard, Eugenia (17 November 1967). "Courrèges covers the stores". Women's Wear Daily.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Eisner, Lisa; Alonso, Roman (19 August 2001). "The White House". The New York Times Magazine: 53.
  6. Bonheur, Janie (15 March 1965). "Qui êtes-vous Monsieur Courrèges ?". Marie Claire (in French). 132: 85.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  7. "La mode de Courrèges". INA archives, RTBF Sonuma Collection. 15 March 1965.
  8. Lipovetsky, Gilles (1991). L'empire de l'éphémère (in French). Paris: Gallimard. p. 170. ISBN 978-2-07-032642-6.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link) Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  9. Friedman, Vanessa (January 8, 2016). "André Courrèges, Fashion Designer Who Redefined Couture, Dies at 92". The New-York Times.
  10. Foreman, Katya (24 November 2008). "Take Courrèges chock-full of inspiration, the designer's studio packs a one-two punch". Women's Wear Daily.
  11. Schwartzbrod, Alexandra (18 February 1998). "Mère Courrèges. La femme du célèbre couturier des années 60 relance la marque". Libération (in French).CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  12. "Coqueline Courrèges prépare le 3e millénaire à la FIAC". INA Archives, Scènes sur Seine (in French). 3 March 1998.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  13. Scott, Chris (March 2003). "Living in a Bubble". Frame (Design Magazine). Frame Publishers B.V. (31): 58–69. ISSN 1388-4239.
  14. Rérolle, Raphaëlle (6 December 2008). "Coqueline Courrèges, la fée énergie". Le Monde 2 (in français).
  15. "Coqueline Courrèges, créatrice de véhicules électriques". L'Express (in français). 26 March 2010.
  16. Meunier, Nicolas (27 May 2008). "Les Courrèges au Parc André Citroën". Le blog auto.
  17. "André Courrèges Patrimoine". André Courrèges Patrimoine. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  18. Van Laer, Astrid (2 October 2018). "Vidéo : 200 km, 5 minutes de charge, Coqueline Courrèges nous présente sa voiture électrique". Konbini. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  19. Emme, Thibaut (28 September 2018). "Coqueline Energies : 5 minutes de charge = 200 km d'autonomie". Le Blog Auto (in French).CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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