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Paco Rabanne

Spanish, b. 1934

Visionary designer Paco Rabanne first made a name for himself in the 1960s when he introduced dresses, handbags and other clothing and accessories that went against the common sensibilities of the time and challenged the public's perception of what fashion should be. By working with unlikely materials such as paper and Rhodoid — a cellulose acetate plastic often used to line baking pans — Rabanne forced the fashion world to reconsider materials and form.

Rabanne was born Francisco Rabaneda y Cuervo in Spain’s Basque region. His mother was the head seamstress at Balenciaga when she relocated herself and her son to France in 1939 to escape the Spanish Civil War. Once in France, he took on the name Paco Rabanne.

Rabanne studied architecture at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris but pivoted toward fashion and began to design accessories and costume jewelry. Rabanne collaborated with many acclaimed luxury houses — his early clients included Charles Jourdan, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin and Dior.

By 1966, Rabanne was working on avant-garde designs in his own newly-opened studio. He introduced a couture collection titled “Twelve Unwearable Dresses in Contemporary Materials.” The garments — made of aluminum, plastic and eco-friendly paper and fastened with wire — were unveiled at a show that featured music and models of color (both uncommon characteristics for such an event). Sculptural, sexy and solidly Space Age in appearance, Rabanne’s experiments turned heads. Pop star-actresses Brigitte Bardot and Françoise Hardy would soon be seen in the designer’s iconic metallic dresses, and Rabanne found enthusiasts in the likes of revolutionary couturier Elsa Schiaparelli and art collector Peggy Guggenheim. In 1968 Rabanne designed leather boots and erotically charged dresses made of molded plastic and chain-mail mesh for the science fiction film Barbarella.

Rabanne called Salvador Dalí a close friend and drew on the Surrealist movement in his designs. He continued to use unconventional materials in his work. From aluminum jersey and fur to ostrich feathers and Velcro, everything was suitable for his pioneering garments. And Rabanne’s talents are diverse — his prolific output even includes stylish furniture.

In 1999 Rabanne retired from the fashion business. In 2010 he was named Officer of the Legion d’Honneur by the French culture minister. Today, under the creative direction of French designer Julien Dossena, the Paco Rabanne brand continues to innovate and offer looks that nod to the past as well as the future.

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1980's Paco Rabanne Black Silk Mock Neck Belted Mini Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
1980's New with Tag Paco Rabanne black silk mini dress with a mock neck and attached patent leather wide belt. Back zipper closure.
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1980s Paco Rabanne

1980's Paco Rabanne Black Silk Belted Mini Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
1980's Black silk sleeveless fitted mini dress with an attached metal horse bit buckled belt from PACO RABANNE and an invisible back zipper. New with tags.
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1980s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Rich Shades of Browns and Yellow Striped Center Silk Scarf
By Paco Rabanne
Located in New York, NY
Paco Rabanne wonderfully rich shades of browns and yellow accented with black surrounding a striped center silk scarf measures 30 inches by 31 inches. Edges are hand-rolled and ...
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1980s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Vintage Clear Sunglasses
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
**** WE NO LONGER SHIP SUNGLASSES TO THE USA **** PACO RABANNE vintage sunglasses featuring clear frame/temples and tinted platic lenses. Marked PACO RABANNE Made in Spain. PR-2002...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

A Paco Rabanne Couture Bolero in "Papier Fou" Called - France Circa 1981
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1981 France Iconic quilted Bolero with fins in "Papier Fou" by Paco Rabanne Haute Couture dating from the first edition of 1981. This famous model is taken up by the Couture ...
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1980s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Beaded Caftan Gown
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This dress is a beautiful 1980's Paco Rabanne. Paco Rabbane will always be remembered for his experimentation with unconventional materials like plastic, neon and metal. His designs ...
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1980s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Vintage Black Discs with Gold Toned Hardware Bag
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE vintage shoulder bag from the 1970s featuring black rodhoid discs and gold toned harware. Marked PACO RABANNE Paris - Production R I C A F Italy. Indicative measuremen...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne metal corset top with natural nut beads, ss 2003
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
▪ Paco Rabanne beaded metal corset top ▪ A variety of natural nut beads ▪ Stainless steel tube beads ▪ Chain halter and back fastening ▪ Sizing: Adjustable Small - Medium ▪ Sprin...
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Early 2000s Paco Rabanne

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Paco Rabanne fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Paco Rabanne fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of pink, yellow, blue and other tones. Most of the items here were designed during the 20th Century, but you can find examples that were created as recently as the 21st Century and Contemporary. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Arnold Scaasi, Pierre Balmain and Zandra Rhodes appealing. Find Haute Couture, Vintage and Designer Paco Rabanne fashion from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $101 and tops out at $32,000 while the average work can sell for $870.

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