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Coqueline Courrèges
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Native nameJacqueline Barrière
Born(1935-07-25)July 25, 1935
Hendaye, France
OccupationCouture, Design, Electric Vehicles
Spouse(s)André Courrèges (married 1966-)

Coqueline Courrèges (born 25 July 1935) is a couturière and co-founder of the Courrèges Company. She has also developed electric vehicles and a storage and electrical charging station fuelled by solar panels.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Jacqueline Barrière was born on 25 July 1935 in Hendaye. She "went up" to 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, and in 1961 André and Coqueline Courrèges together opened the André Courrèges Couture house, located at no. 48 Avenue Kléber in Paris[2][3]. Coqueline acted as André Courrèges's “complementary creativity”[3]. They were married in 1966 and have one daughter, Marie, born in 1970.

At André's side, but always in the shadows[1], Coqueline was reported to be first person to wear pure white trouser suits, second skin tights, and flat boots[4]. Snubbing conventions[5], she would be the company's co-pilot[6], and the incarnation of the short-haired woman, busy and modern, “wearing trousers at all hours of the day”[7], and of the “Courrèges revolution”[8].

From 1995 to 2010, after buying back the Couture house from a Japanese group[9], and while André Courrèges spent his days involved with painting and sculpture, Coqueline Courrèges ran the Courrèges Design and Courrèges Parfum companies[5][10]. She re-opened the factory in Pau, and in 1997 launched a new perfume, 2020[11]. With her great interest in science and innovation, Coqueline Courrèges worked with biologists and geneticists on clothing of the future, and created different events mixing Couture 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]. But convinced of the importance of ecological challenges, they were electric cars, with an initial prototype already designed and presented during a Courrèges fashion show in 1968[15]. Between 2000 and 2008, five prototypes of 100% electric cars offering good performances would see the light of day, and compete 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, the 12.82, to travel 200 kilometres; it was recharged in 5 minutes by a storage and electrical charging station fuelled by solar panels[19]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Orsenna, Erik (2008). Courrèges (in French). Paris: éditions Xavier Barral. p. 178. ISBN 978-2-91-517327-7.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  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)
  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)
  9. Licht, Daniel (18 September 1995). "Toute la couture court après Courrèges". Libération (in French).CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  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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