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Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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
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 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. This famous model is taken up by the Couture ...
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1980s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

S/S 1987 Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Runway Sheer Embroidered Ruffle Gown
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an incredible black and multicolor Paco Rabanne Haute Couture gown. From the Spring/Summer 1987 collection, this fabulous gown debuted on the season's Haute Cou...
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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, ostrich feathers, plastic and metal rings ▪ As...
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1960s 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 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 French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 French 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

1970s Paco Rabanne Blue Lurex Evening Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Paris, FR
1970s Paco Rabanne evening dress featuring a lurex flower motive, sides slits. 38% Polyester 10% Lurex In excellent vintage condition. Made in France. Estimated size 38fr/US6 /UK1...
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1970s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 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 condition! Closure: small clips. T...
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1970s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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

Small square silver appliqués on a jersey base Paco Rabanne
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Saint-Ouen-Sur-Seine, FR
Small square silver appliqués on a jersey base. Lining only on the bust. SIZE 40 (L )
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Early 2000s French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 French Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 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

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 gown fashioned of silk velvet with bolero of heavily embroidered soutache and sequins in a floral motif. The attached bolero give the illusi...
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1980s Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

Paco Rabanne 60's Inspired Modern Version of Brigitte Bardot Chain Mail Dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Paco Rabanne striped chain mail dress, as seen modeled by Brigitte Bardot in the 1960's (see photo). This modern version, with inspiration from the sexy 60's, is from the Paco Ra...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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

lace-trimmed green floral plisse maxi dress
By Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
Paco Rabanne lace-trimmed green floral plisse maxi dress -Printed in florals and trimmed in black lace -Plunging neckline -Zipped back, hook-fastening back -Pleated b...
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21st Century and Contemporary 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 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 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 neckline. The dress is unlined an...
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2010s 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 lined. In great condition. ...
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1990s Italian Paco Rabanne Evening Dresses and Gowns

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 Italian 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 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 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 evening dresses and gowns for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Paco Rabanne evening dresses and gowns. 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 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 who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Jean Patou and , Jean-Louis Scherrer appealing. 1stDibs features Haute Couture, Vintage and Designer Paco Rabanne evening gowns from top boutiques around the world. The price for these items starts at $243 and tops out at $32,000, while the average work can sell for $1,325.

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