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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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Designer: Paco Rabanne
Paco Rabanne metallic leather mini dress, Circa 1966
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
A unique Paco Rabanne piece. Constructed from soft calf leather. The metallic tone of the dress is evocative of the designer’s futuristic aesthetic. Lined in a grey silk-like viscose...
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1960s Paco Rabanne

An Iconic Metal Disc Bag By Paco Rabanne - Paris Circa 1969
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1969 France Iconic shoulder bag by Paco Rabanne dating from the late 1960s. Besace structure in perforated metal discs maintained by rings. Original sliding chain allowing th...
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1960s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Vintage Silver Metal Mesh Iconic Backless Top
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE vintage polished silver toned metal mesh iconic backless top. Adjustable size (extension chains). Lobster clasps closure. Metal tag embossed PACO RABANNE Paris. Photo...
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20th Century 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

Large Paco Rabanne Cream Silk Chiffon with Gold Lame and Velvet Scarf
By Paco Rabanne
Located in New York, NY
Paco Rabanne cream silk chiffon scarf has accents of gold lame and velvet accents throughout. The scarf measures 15 1/2" x 63" finished with hand-rolled edges.
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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

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 Sienna Brown Lamb Leather Dual Buckle A-Line Wrap Skirt
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Thiensville, WI
PACO RABANNE Sienna Brown Lamb Leather Dual Buckle A-Line Wrap Skirt Brand / Manufacturer: Paco Rabanne Style: Wrap Skirt Color(s): Brown Lined: Yes Marked Fabric Content: C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Paco Rabanne

Retro Paco Rabanne Black and White High Neck Panel Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Vintage 90s Paco Rabanne black and white high neck panel dress. Featuring a silver buckle on the waist. Very chic and retro style! - Made in France. - Size M. - Bust: 28 inche...
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1990s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Vintage Black and White Rhodoid Heart Belt
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE vintage belt made of black and white rhodoid hearts. Signed PACO RABANNE. Indicative measurements : adjustable length from approx. 84 cm (33.07 inches) to approx. 87 c...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Floral-Print Satin Midi Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
Made in Portugal from satin, it has puffed shoulders and a gathered bodice, then falls to a loosely ruffled midi skirt. It has a plunging neckline highlighted by crystal-embellished...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

1960/ 1970s Paco Rabanne Futuristic Metal Disc Chain Belt, Unlabelled
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
This fabulous late 1960s/ early 1970s metal chain belt is unlabelled, however we can confirm with confidence that it is by iconic Spanish designer Paco Rabanne who was extolled durin...
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1960s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Silver Foil Grid Mini Dress US Size 8
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE white mini dress with silver foil grid. Top surface is silver foil printed creating a metallic chain mail effect on a white knit spandex base. Slips on. Hook neck clos...
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21st Century and Contemporary Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Black and White Acrylic Vintage Halter Crop Top, 1960s
By Paco Rabanne
Located in San Diego, CA
Insanely awesome PACO RABANNE 1960s acrylic black and white checkered halter crop top! Silver metal hooks attach each square piece of acrylic. Adjustable chain at top back neck and ...
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1960s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Silver Metal Mesh Tank Top
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE silver metal mesh tank top. Rectangular metal label reads PACO RABANNE. Indicative measurements taken laid flat : length approx 47 cm (18.50 inches). Photographed...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne emblematic mini dress in gold plastic discs and jump rings, c.1996
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
Paco Rabanne emblematic mini dress in gold plastic discs and metal jump rings, circa 1996 Paco Rabanne made a comet-like entrance into the fashion world in 1966 with sparkling no-s...
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1990s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne New Buckle Ankle Boots EU 37
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Water Mill, NY
A pair of fabulous black leather boots from Paco Rabanne. They are ankle high with lug rubber soles, 1.75" heel and three silver buckled straps across the front. They are lined in ...
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2010s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne black rayon strappy evening dress with square mirror plate, ss 2004
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
▪ Paco Rabanne rare black rayon strappy evening dress ▪ Square mirror plate with cut-out ▪ Bra-top ▪ Spaghetti straps at the waist, hips, and shoulders ▪ Cut-out sides ▪ Knee-le...
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Early 2000s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Vintage Iconic 1969 Metal Chain Mail Bag
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE vintage iconic 1969 silver toned chain mail bag made of perforated round metal plates bonded by metal rings and a chain strap. This bag highly reflects the identity of ...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Gold Chainmail Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Brossard, QC
Fabric straps that merge into sides and collar Lace-up sides Gold-tone snap button closure Cream laces and gold eyelets Unlined A-line skirt silhouette Heavyweight material Button-...
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21st Century and Contemporary Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Silver Foil Grid Mini Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE silver foil grid mini dress. Top surface is silver foil printed creating a metallic chain mail effect on a black knit spandex base. Cross back shoulder straps. Label ...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

Vintage PACO RABANNE Silver Metallic Mesh Grid Long Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage PACO RABANNE Silver Metallic Mesh Grid Long Dress Measurements taken laid flat, please double bust and waist: Bust: 14 inches (35.56 cm) could accommodate bigger size as it ...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Black Zip Front Jacket
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Portland, OR
This is a great Paco Rabanne zip front jacket with diagonal hip pockets and ribbed sleeves. The jacket is lined and is made of 93% rayon, 11% nylon and 6% elastane. This classic piec...
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21st Century and Contemporary Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne New Metal Mesh Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Water Mill, NY
An incredible metal mesh, chain mail dress in a beautiful red, blue and silver abstract print from Paco Rabanne. It is a sleeveless with a rounded neckline. The dress is unlined an...
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2010s Paco Rabanne

Vintage PACO RABANNE Silver Foil Mesh Sleeveless Top Blouse
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage PACO RABANNE Silver Foil Mesh Sleeveless Top Blouse Measurements taken laid flat, please double bust and waist: Shoulder: 10.23 inches (26 cm) Bust: 16.14 inches (41 cm) wit...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

A Paco Rabanne Evening Clutch in Khaki Leather and Pads Circa 1968
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Toulon, FR
Circa 1968 France Evening clutch or small shoulder bag in khaki leather and Crocodile imitation pads from the famous Designer House Paco Rabanne around 1968. Suede leather backgroun...
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1960s Paco Rabanne

1980's Paco Rabanne Cream Stretch Cross Back Maxi Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
1980's Paco Rabanne stretch knit maxi dress in cream with a criss-cross straps and an open back and a relaxed metal buckle detail waist belt. New with Tag.
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1980s Paco Rabanne

Early PACO RABANNE Vintage Silver Gold Evening Prom Grown Metal Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in PARIS, FR
Important Early PACO RABANNE vintage gown dress. 4 pieces of PACO RABANNE metal tag at the buttoms of the dress. Wonderful silhouette. VERY GOOD condition! Closure: small clips. T...
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1970s Paco Rabanne

White mink patchwork coat and metal rings attributed to Paco Rabanne
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
White mink patchwork coat and metal rings
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1970s Paco Rabanne

Vintage PACO RABANNE PARIS Space Age Metal Embellish Pocket Jacket
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage PACO RABANNE PARIS Space Age Metal Embellish Pocket Jacket Measurements taken laid flat, please double bust and waist: Shoulder: 15.35 inches (39 cm) Sleeves: 23.62 inches (...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

PACO RABANNE Size 4 Black Floral Lace Silk Maxi Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in San Francisco, CA
PACO RABANNE dress comes in a black floral silk with a slip liner featuring a maxi style, lace edges, a-line, and spaghetti straps. Very Good Pre-Owned Condition. Marked: 36 Measur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Paco Rabanne

An Early Paco Rabanne Couture Metallic Belt Circa 1970/1980
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Toulon, FR
France Circa 1970/1980 France Paco Rabanne original belt in white metal discs. Hook closure. Some tiny scratches on the metal otherwise perfect condition of conservation. Dimensio...
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1970s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Woman Open-back Layered Satin Gown US 8
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
Paco Rabanne Black Satin Flared Sleeve Caped Evening Dress - Stunning statement evening dress featuring a bold flared sleeve and cape detail, concealing a low open back - Flowing l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne 1970s Blue Lurex Evening Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Paris, FR
Paco Rabanne 1970s evening dress featuring a lurex flower motive, sides slits. 38% Polyester 10% Lurex In excellent vintage condition. Made in France. Estimated size 38fr/US6 /UK10...
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1970s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Black & Silver Party Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
A fabulous Paco Rabanne evening / cocktail dress in a black grid like jersey with a silver metallic color creating a chain mail inspired look. Size: Marked FR 40 which equates to a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Paco Rabanne

PACO RABANNE 2019 "Ciao Paco" Bucket Hat
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Genève, CH
- Bright yellow color with black print - Cotton twill - Made in Bulgaria - 2019 - Unisex - Fits for 58cm hat size - Ciao Paco logo - Excellent condition
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2010s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Floral Chainmail Tank
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Multicolour aluminium floral chainmail top from Paco Rabanne featuring a floral print, a scoop neck, a sleeveless design, a scoop back and a straight hem. Aluminium 100% Made in Fran...
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2010s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Jeweled Necklace Caftan Dress Collectors, Museums
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A one-of-a-kind Couture Paco Rabanne circa 1970's. Fashioned of black burnout silk velvet with colors of orange, yellow, gold, in a zebra pattern. The attached oversized long Sautoi...
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1970s Paco Rabanne

Rare 1960s Paco Rabbane Chainmail Jacket
By Paco Rabanne
Located in New York, NY
Rare 1960s Paco Rabbane Chainmail Jacket; Comprised of gold-tone linked metal discs. Open front with no closure.
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1960s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Couture Black and Green Architectural and Structured Jacket
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Men's jacket by Paco Rabanne circa 1980s Black wool outer with green wool inner Black vinyl trims Hidden button closure in front Condition: Good, structurally needs shaping
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Late 20th Century Paco Rabanne

PACO RABANNE Early 1960's "BRA TOP " Bodice Piece
By Paco Rabanne
Located in New York, NY
Amazing Paco Rabanne early 1960's bra top bodice . Paco R. used such unconventional materials as metal, paper and plastic for his designs. The entire top would have had to have b...
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1960s Paco Rabanne

1980's Paco Rabanne Gold Silk Mock Neck Belted Mini Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Gold silk sleeveless mini dress with a mock neck and hidden back zipper featuring an attached tonal wide belt from PACO RABANNE 1980's collection. New with Tag.
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1980s Paco Rabanne

PACO RABANNE Gold Rhodoid Disc Do It Yourself Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
PACO RABANNE Gold Rhodoid Disc Do It Yourself Dress SIZE: 36/ 38 (mannequin is size 36) Features: - The discs are in pale gold tone linked with jump rings. - PACO RABANNE metal t...
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1990s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne sheepskin, goat and pony hair patchwork coat, fw 2002
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
Paco Rabanne sheepskin, goat, and pony hair patchwork full length coat with brown leather blanket stitch trim and oversized knitted wool collar. Fall-Winter 2002
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Early 2000s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabbane Sweater Set (Fall 2012)
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pony Hair Leather Chainlink Sweater Set by Paco Rabanne Fall 2012, Look 13 Black knit mesh Decorative rows of royal blue pony hair leather chainlink Semi sheer Metal chain link at...
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2010s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Vintage Silver Metal Mesh Iconic Draped Backless Top
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE vintage polished silver tone metal mesh iconic backless top with draped front. Metal tag PACO RABANNE Paris. Indicative measurements taken laid flat : mesh rectangle w...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

Vintage PACO RABANNE Logo Chainmail Metal Harness Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage PACO RABANNE Logo Chainmail Metal Harness Dress Measurements taken laid flat, please double bust, waist and hips: Shoulder: 13.18 inches (33.5 cm) Bust: 17.12 inches (43.5 c...
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1990s Paco Rabanne

Vintage Paco Rabanne Chain Mail Metal Couture Bikini Ensemble
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
"Metal Couturier" Paco Rabanne silver chain mail metal two piece bikini with gold tone metal hoop detailing. Triangle silver chain mail top features gold hoops throughout and a chain...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

Vintage Paco Rabanne White Lattice One Piece Swim Suit
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Never Worn Paco Rabanne White Lattice One Piece Bathing Suit. Bathing suit still has store tag. Marked Size 40. Fit size 4/6 Bust: 32 inch - 34 inch Waist: 28 inch - 30 inch Hip: 34...
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1990s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Gold Chain Cocktail Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Never worn Paco Rabanne Gold chain link sleeveless cocktail dress. New with tag. In excellent condition. Fit size 4-6
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

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

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 Black Silk Jerset Dress with Rhinestone Detail Size 42
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Paco Rabanne dress is composed of a fine pleated silk jersey and features a center front rhinestone detail. There is a center back zipper closure, interior boning, and an attac...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

Top and skirt metallic pattern 70's Paco Rabanne
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Top and skirt metallic pattern
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1970s Paco Rabanne

Paco Rabanne Chainmail Halter Top with Resin Bead Chevron Breast Detail
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE vintage halter top in silver metal mesh chainmail featuring red resin bead chevron detail on the breast. Top attaches in the back with bondage style metal mesh straps. ...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne

PACO RABANNE Bag in Coral Leather and Palladium Metal
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Paris, FR
Collector! Paco Rabanne bag made from the famous pieces of coral leather attached by palladium metal rings. The interior is in black leather. It can be worn on the shoulder or cro...
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1990s Paco Rabanne

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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