Adeline André is born in Bangui, French Equatorial Africa. Although Parisian, she has Scottish roots.
During her adolescence she dreamt of becoming a fashion photographer and left for London.
Returning to Paris, Adeline Andre enrolled in the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, took fine art lessons given by Salvador Dalí at the Meurice Hôtel and entered in 1970 at Christian Dior working next to Marc Bohan as an assistant for the Haute Couture collections.
In 1981 she met István Dohár, a Hungarian designer and with the financial help of their friend Nicolas Puech they decided to launch ADELINE ANDRE. August 27 of the same year Adeline André registrated the original pattern of her first three-sleeve-holes garment at the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in Paris and 1982 February 26 at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Among other works, the three-sleeve-holes garments are also part of museum collections such as the French Fashion Museum (UCAD) and Palais Galliera in Paris, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York and the Museu do Design e da Moda (MUDE) in Lisbon.
First show, Fall-Winter 83/84 ready-to-wear collection was held at the Daniel Templon Gallery in Paris 1983 March 16. Staged within a grand painting – set by Gérard Garouste, the guests, wearing the garments, posed for giant Polaroïd shots. The label ADELINE ANDRE has been registrated 1983 November 15 in Paris.
Up until March 1987 Adeline André presented her collections in places that had never before been used for fashion shows, examples: the “Cour Vitrée” of the “Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts” Rue Bonaparte, the “Grand Salon” of the Centre des Conférences Internationales Avenue Kléber (where 1973 the Paris Peace Accords were signed – putting an end to the Vietnam war).
In these places she showed her collections on models such as Dovanna, Anh Duong, Terry Toye, Angela Wild, Eugenie Vincent… whom she asked to mingle among the guests, creating this way a calm and intimate atmosphere as opposed to the stage shows of the time.
During the furore of shoulder paddings and stretch in the fashion world, Adeline André’s proposal were tall and slender shapes with slight and svelte shoulders in fluid, bias cut materials always dyed according to her personal color range and also notably knits with rolled hems.
Following years she focused creating collections exclusively for her private clientèle, male and female, for whom she produced new bespoken designs, displayed for the first time at parties called “Topofwear”, travelling private shows in galleries, ateliers or the salons of her friends in either Paris, London and New York. In 1994, Adeline André setteled 5 Rue Villehardouin in the Marais, the old Paris quarter near Place des Vosges, where each season, since July 1995, she presented a collection named “Nouvelle Couture”. In 1997, ADELINE ANDRE became an invited – member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne. For the first time, as officially part of the Haute Couture calendar she presented her Fall-Winter 97/98 couture collection July 07 at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art. December 11 of the same yer, Adeline André was appointed “Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Additionally to her Haute Couture activity, Adeline André also participates in gallery and museum exhibitions, designs costumes for ballet, opera and theater.
Since 2010 Adeline André teaches colours at the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.