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Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Spanish, 1934-2023

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
S/S 2000 Paco Rabanne Light Blue Satin Black Rhinestone Backless Halter Gown
By Paco Rabanne
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This halterneck gown from Paco Rabanne's Spring/Summer 2000 collection is made of glossy light blue satin. It's a strikingly sensual dress, boasting a plunging neckline and an expose...
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1990s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne foil mini dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in CAPELLE AAN DEN IJSSEL, ZH
Vintage Paco Rabanne foil mini dress. This iconic piece, famously worn by supermodel Kate Moss, features a stunning silver foil print that creates a shimmering chainmail effect on a ...
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Early 2000s Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Silver cocktail dress Paco Rabanne
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Silver cocktail dress . Fabric composition: 91% triacetate, 9% polyamide. SIZE M
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1990s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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. Thi...
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1980s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Mirrored Metal Hearts Silver and Gold Halter Top and Skirt Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in San Diego, CA
Amazing PACO RABBANE gold and silver heart shaped mirror cropped halter top and wrap skirt ensemble ! Hundreds of mirrored discs in the shape of hearts. Adjustable chains on the back...
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2010s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Metal Dress Kit
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
RARE Iconic Paco Rabanne 1996 Metal Dress Kit in original box. Brand New The perfect Holiday Gift
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Early 2000s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Couture 1960s PacoRabanneParis HandPainted MadeInFrance SilkChiffon Pareo Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Chicago, IL
In the 1960s the futurist Paris-based revolutionary haute-couture designers included Andre Courreges, Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne, who was the last to died in the 21st Century in ...
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1960s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Iconic Dress in Gold Celluloid Pellets
By Paco Rabanne
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Paco Rabanne - Iconic dress made from gold celluloid pellets. No size or composition label, it fits a 36FR. To note, presence of marks on the pellets. ...
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1970s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Ecru Rib Knit Rose Print Maxi Dress Size M
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
CONDITION is Very good. Minimal wear to dress is evident. The button on the back is slightly tarnished. Minimal wear to the lining with size label having been removed on this used Pa...
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21st Century and Contemporary British Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Evening Dress with Multicolored Metal Rings, 1990s
By Paco Rabanne
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Paco Rabanne - (Made in France) Evening dress with multicolored metal rings and yellow Panama straw. Piece from the 1990s. No size label, it fits a 38FR. Additional information: Con...
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20th Century French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Vintage 1990’s Silver Mini Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
We are excited to present this iconic vintage Paco Rabanne 1990’s silver mini dress. As seen on Kate Moss. Features silver panelling allover, triangl...
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1990s Spanish Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne 1994 DIY Gold Sequins Mini Dress FR38
By Paco Rabanne
Located in PARIS, FR
Paco Rabanne 1994 dress (to assemble yourself, originally) in large gold plastic sequins and gold metal rings, Paco Rabanne signature plaque in silve...
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1990s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Made in Paris Cocktail Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Sharon, CT
Scalloped layers of material, fully line. zipper on side. Fits American size 4-6
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1980s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Black Dress Fall Collection, 1988
By Paco Rabanne
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Paco Rabanne Haute Couture - Evening dress in black composite material made of magnetic strips and red velvet. 1988/89 Fall-Winter Collection. No composition or size tag, it fits a ...
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1980s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Gold and Silver Dress Paco Rabanne, Size 36FR
By Paco Rabanne
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Paco Rabanne -Long silver and gold coated canvas dress embellished with gold metallic plates. No size or composition label, it fits a size 36FR. Additional information: Dimensions...
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1980s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Knit Dress, Size 36FR
By Paco Rabanne
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Paco Rabanne Haute Couture - Numéro 22 (Made in France) Knit dress composed of alternating stripes in gold and polychrome colors. It fastens in the back with snaps. No composition o...
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1970s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Pink Ostrich Leather Skater Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Paco Rabanne - Pink ostrich leather skater dress with pink and blue metal rings. No size or composition label, it fits a 36FR. Additional information: Dimensions: Chest: 40 cm, Wa...
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Early 2000s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

PACO RABANNE Silver Foil Grid Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE silver foil grid dress as worn by British Super Model KATE MOSS. Top surface is silver foil printed creating a metallic chain mail effect on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Rare Rhodoïd One-off Dress, Circa 1960/70s
By Paco Rabanne
Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Paco Rabanne - One-off dress, composed of rhodoïd chips and gauffered ribbons. Circa 1960/70s. No composition or size tag, it fits a size 36FR. Additional information: Dimensions:...
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1960s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

F/W 2001 Paco Rabanne Runway Buckle Sheer Panel Black Bodycon Y2K Gown
By Paco Rabanne
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a fabulous black sleeveless gown designed for Paco Rabanne’s Fall/Winter 2001 runway collection. This elegant form-fitting dress features a high neckline and a sheer mesh-...
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Early 2000s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Vintage Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Bressanone, IT
Stunning Paco Rabanne bandage dress in elasticized satin color green/blue. Size FR 38. Condition: Really good.
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1990s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

A Paco Rabanne Couture Set in Yellow knitwear and Papier Fou- Spring Summer 1991
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Toulon, FR
Spring Summer 1991 Collection France Modernist ensemble from Paco Rabanne's Haute Couture show. Composed of a pair of Bermuda shorts, a tunic-dress made of stretchy ribbed knitwear in lemon-yellow and a bolero with quilted fins in iridescent silver foil called Papier Fou. This clever and deliberately avant-garde process corresponded at the time to a sheet of rhodoïd laminated with a reflective silver foil. Metal buckle with yellow synthetic stone cabochon to close the bolero. Light crazy paper patina, clean set, little or no wear. Very good condition of colour and conservation. Exhibited and catalogued at the Villa Rosemaine...
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1990s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 1987 Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Runway Sheer Embroidered Ruffle Gown
By Paco Rabanne
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an incredible black and multicolor Paco Rabanne Haute Couture gown. From the Spring/Summer 1987 collection, this fabulous gown de...
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1980s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Haute Couture yellow ostrich feather mini dress, ss 1967
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
Paco Rabanne Haute Couture mini dress ▪ Sold by One of a Kind Archive ▪ Museum piece ▪ Constructed from a latticework or plexiglass, ostri...
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1960s Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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...
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1970s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Wrapped cocktail dress in black shiny rayon and side buttons Paco Rabanne
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Wrapped cocktail dress in black shiny rayon and side button. SIZE 8 US
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Early 2000s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabbane 1990s Black Lace Babydoll Dressw/ Rhinestone Buttons
By Paco Rabanne
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful 1990s black Paco Rabbane lace dress! Features functional black buttons, with rhinestones up the front. Tie at back to control desired fit. Fully...
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1990s Italian Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 ne...
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2010s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne Metal Disc Cocktail Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Rare Paco Rabanne Runway cocktail dress. Fit size 4 ** Dress weigh around 8lb
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Early 2000s Italian Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne 1985 "House of Medici" Haute Couture Gown Museum Collectors
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1985 Paco Rabanne Couture one-of-a-kind couture gown fashioned of silk velvet with bolero of heavily embroidered soutache and sequins in a floral ...
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1980s Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

PACO RABANNE Silver Foil Grid Maxi Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE silver foil grid maxi dress. Top surface is silver foil printed creating a metallic chain mail effect on a black knit spandex base. Bodycon cut. Ankle length. Cross ba...
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20th Century French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne evening dresses and gowns for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Paco Rabanne evening dresses and gowns available on 1stDibs. 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 who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Guy Laroche, Jean-Louis Scherrer, and André Courrèges appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Paco Rabanne evening dresses and gowns from top boutiques around the world. Paco Rabanne evening dresses and gowns prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $365 and tops out at $41,093, while the average work can sell for $2,829.
Questions About Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 21, 2024
    The fashion house Paco Rabanne is no longer called by its former name due to a shift in its approach to design. In 2023, the luxury fashion brand announced its intentions to drop Paco from the name and rebrand as Rabanne. The move coincided with the fashion house's 60th anniversary and reflected a move toward simpler, more minimal pieces. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Paco Rabanne apparel and accessories.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 25, 2024
    The story of what happened to Paco Rabanne centers on a name change. The French fashion house's founder, Paco Rabanne, passed away in 2023. A few months later, the label announced its intentions to drop Paco from its name and begin operating under Rabanne. The brand had previously gone on hiatus in 1999 following Paco Rabanne's retirement, only to be revived under the leadership of a new creative director, Manish Arora, in 2011. Julien Dossena took over the role in 2013 and continued to guide the fashion house through its name change and rebranding. Shop a collection of Paco Rabanne apparel and accessories on 1stDibs.

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