Iconic Original 1960s Courreges Designer Sunglasses- New!
Width : 6 inches + 15.25 cm
Height: 2.25 inches + 5.7 cm
Width Between Temples: 5.5 inches + 14 cm
* Pair of original sunglasses known as Lunettes Eskimo
* Manufactured by French Andre Courrèges
* Launched in Paris for the Spring-Summer Collection of 1965
* Inspired by Inuit slit snow goggles
* Made of off-white (not stark white) plastic
* Marked in silver "COURREGES" on the outside left arm,
* Made in France" inside the right arm
* Moulded on inside frame DEPOSE and "PATENT PV 52 62
Andre Courreges (1923 – 2016) was trained as a civil engineer but chose a career in fashion. He worked throughout the 1950s as a fitter at the House of Balenciaga, leaving in 1961 to form his own business. His first collections showed traces of the Balenciaga influence, but he soon began working in a new direction.
In 1964 Courreges showed the first of his “Space Age" cutting edge designs. His work was wildly popular, and thus, widely copied. In disgust at the cheap copies of his work that were available worldwide, Courreges suddenly sold his business near the end of 1965. Two years later, he had reopened, and along with his couture, he introduced two ready-to-wear lines: Couture Future and Hyperbole. In 1973 he began a menswear line.
Though associated most closely with the 1960s, Courreges continued to operate through the 1970s and 1980s. In the early 1990s, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac was signed to design the Courreges ready-to-wear lines. The business is still in operation. (Courtesy of the Vintage Fashion Guild)
No notable flaws that I can see. Hinges are a little stiff from not being used but will free up with use.
Please note that these are vintage items that have been used and loved over the years, As such, they may display slight evidence of their age. Any notable flaws above and beyond this will be highlighted here.
The sunglasses are a true icon of 1960s Space Age fashion. They have been, immortalized in many famous fashion photographs. The most famous, by photographer Peter Knapp, was chosen by the Musée de la Mode et du Textile in Paris as the poster image for their 2002 exhibition, "Les Sixties. Mode D'Emploi." Please note that this price is hundreds of dollars lower than similar genuine originals on Etsy and other selling platforms.
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