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Andre Courreges, Famed French Fashion Designer, Dies at 92

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Andre Courreges at his spring 1973 fashion show.

The designer, known for his futuristic designs and pioneering the miniskirt in the 1960s, passed away on Thursday evening after a decades-long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Fashion officials say French designer Andre Courreges, who laid claim to the invention of the 1960s miniskirt, has died at the age of 92.

His fashion house said in a statement that Courreges died Thursday night following a 30-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

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Courreges launched his fashion house in 1961. His eponymous label set the trends for such stars as Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve, who admired the designer's ground-breaking geometry, plastic miniskirts, space-age silhouettes and futuristic textiles.

The house's designs returned to the Paris catwalk last year after decades away.

French President Francois Hollande paid tribute in a statement that described Courreges as a "revolutionary designer" who "made his mark on French haute couture." 

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