Fashion designer Adeline André was born in Bangui in former French Equatorial Africa and initially dreamed of a career as a fashion photographer. Via London she travelled to Paris, where she became a student at the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. In addition, she studied art and took lessons from Salvador Dalí, who greatly influenced her later work in the border area between art and fashion. Together with Marc Bohan, from whom she learnt the classic part of her craft, in the early 1970s she assisted Christian Dior, working on the firm’s haute couture collections.
Supported by Nicolas Puech-Hermès, she and the Hungarian architect István Dohár founded the Adeline André label. She made her debut in 1982 with garments having three sleeve-holes, which she patented at the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle. Her first presentation in March 1983 that took the form of a tableau vivant at the Daniel Templon Gallery in Paris made her a pioneer of the penchant for extravagant locations that continues to this day. Among the venues she has used is the Cour Vitrée of the École Nationale des Beaux Arts and the Grand Salon of the International Conference Centre, where the peace treaty for Vietnam was signed. But also Adeline Andrés collections are clearly distinct from the mainstream, with their slender, flowing cuts in exclusive natural materials such as silk crêpe georgette, wool voile or cashmere.
Since 1997 Adeline André has been a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne. In the same year she was named Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Since 2010 she teaches at the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
Additionally to her Haute Couture activity, Adeline André also participates in gallery and museum exhibitions and designs costumes for ballet, opera and theater, including the costumes for Alexei Ratmansky’s New York City Ballet creation »Pictures at an Exhibition« (2014).