Dress and culotte ensemble, Courrèges

  • Courrèges

  • Gift of Madame Léon Gischia
  • Spring–Summer 1968
  • Nylon tulle, cotton thread embroidery
  • GAL 1998.44.3
  • Palais Galliera, musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

This white nylon tulle minidress embroidered with flower and ball motifs testifies to the influence of Futurism and Op Art on 1960s couturiers like Courrèges. Worn by the wife of painter Léon Gischia and donated to the museum, this sober, optical white garment refuses all pointless, restricting artifice. Under Courrèges' influence the embroidery of the period was kinetic, monochrome or made of plastic, and jewellery took on new, zany forms.