PETER KNAPP / ENCENS n°26 – 2011

photo 1‘I recently discovered that I have taken 13000 photographs of Courrèges. I had this impression that photographing his clothes was not just a matter of fashion, that it was more a question of offering key information upon a sociological and political look, which concerned women and their relationship with the present, and this is a sentiment I have never felt since. That is what interested me, until, inevitably, it swung to the other extreme with Jean Bouquin. In 1968, when I saw him turn up on television wearing a hippy smock and peasants’ clogs, accompanied by a model wearing a provençal boutis nightgown, I knew that I was going to be terribly unhappy’.