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Pair of Boots

1965 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

André Courrèges' minimalist designs propelled fashion forward with his 'space-age' collection of 1964. The show included precision-tailored short skirts and slim trousers, worn with boxy jackets, all designed to be worn with accompanying flat, square-toed shoes and boots, and short white gloves.

This futuristic look profoundly influenced fashion in the mid-1960s, and Courrèges' ideas were widely copied for the mass market. His flat, white leather boots were essential for girls emulating the 'moon-girl' image, a new version of femininity, inspired by youth, sportswear, and space travel.
read An introduction to 1960s fashion Marked by sweeping social change, the 1960s is a decade that still holds a special significance, seeing traditional hierarchies begin to dissolve and make way for the birth of the modern age.
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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Boot
  • Boot
Materials and Techniques
Leather and velcro
Brief Description
Pair of leather ankle boots, designed by André Courrèges, Paris, 1965
Physical Description
Pair of white leather ankle boots with pleated leather cuffs and self-bows around top. Black plastic flat soles, and zipper down the back with Velcro plackets.
Dimensions
  • Height: 26cm
  • Width: 8cm
  • Length: 25cm
Production typeHaute couture
Marks and Inscriptions
'COURREGES PARIS' (Marked on the soles)
Gallery Label
Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain The Moon Girl Look André Courrèges’ ‘Space Age’ collection with its futuristic look was highly influential in the mid 1960s. His flat-heeled, shiny white boots with square toes became an essential for young women emulating the ‘Moon Girl’ image. This new version of femininity was inspired by youth, sportswear and space travel. Many other designers copied the style, and cheaper examples were quickly available on the high street. White ankle boots 1965 France André Courrèges Leather and Velcro Given by André Courrèges V&A: T.109&A-1974(2015-2016)
Credit line
Given by the designer
Object history
Formed part of the Cecil Beaton collection of 1974. Donated by the designer.
Association
Summary
André Courrèges' minimalist designs propelled fashion forward with his 'space-age' collection of 1964. The show included precision-tailored short skirts and slim trousers, worn with boxy jackets, all designed to be worn with accompanying flat, square-toed shoes and boots, and short white gloves.



This futuristic look profoundly influenced fashion in the mid-1960s, and Courrèges' ideas were widely copied for the mass market. His flat, white leather boots were essential for girls emulating the 'moon-girl' image, a new version of femininity, inspired by youth, sportswear, and space travel.
Collection
Accession Number
T.109&A-1974

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record createdApril 29, 2008
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