À gogo

French fashion designer André Courrèges was born on March 9, 1923. He is best known for his space-age collection launched in 1964. He was trained as an engineer before switching to fashion. His clothes featured geometric shapes, bright colors, and synthetic fabrics, perhaps what happens when engineering and fashion collide. The perfect accessories to go along with these outfits were crash helmets, goggles, and mid-calf go-go boots. Courrèges claims to have created the mini-skirt, as does British designer Mary Quant.

Today’s expression, à gogo (a go go), means “a lot of,” or “galore,” like “that girl in the Courrèges mini-skirt has legs à gogo.”


About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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