Founded in 1961 by André and Coqueline Courrèges, the Courrèges brand is one of the 20th century‘s most iconic fashion houses. After launching the mini-skirt in 1963, the brand made its name a year later in 1964 with a futuristic collection called "The Moon Girl". All in white, with their innovative materials and ultra-short cuts, the pieces set the tone for what would quickly become known as the Courrèges style. Success wasn't far behind. To the extent that in 1965, the designer got fed up of being copied and closed the doors of the House. He reopened them in 1967, at the same time as launching a ready-to-wear line.
The brand went from strength to strength and in the mid-1970s, the label joined L'Oréal and entered the world of cosmetics, launching its first perfume, Empreinte, in 1972.
In the 80s, Courrèges experienced a slight decline despite the launch of a menswear line and a move into the US market. In 1994, André Courrèges retired from fashion, leaving the label’s artistic direction in the hands of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and his wife, Coqueline.
In 2011, the brand was sold to Jacques Bungert and Frédéric Torloting before being bought out by Artémis, the holding company of the Pinault family, in September 2018.
Yolanda Zobel grew up in Germany to a German father who was a jewellery designer and a French mother who specialised in ready-to-wear. After studying fashion in Berlin, the designer made her debut at Giorgio Armani in 1999, in what turned out to be the first of many prestigious roles, including stints at Chloe, Jil Sander and Acne Studios.
Appointed as artistic director of the French fashion house on 14 February 2018, Yolanda Zobel presented her first collection for the label in September of the same year.