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Paco Rabanne Handbags and Purses

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
Original 1969 Paco Rabanne Silver Metal Pastilles Chainmail Mesh Mini Bag
By Paco Rabanne
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting an incredible silver-tone metal mesh Paco Rabanne mini bag. Why buy the re-edition when you can have in the original? From 1969, this original Paco Rabanne Le 69 bag is ha...
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Paco Rabanne Vintage Silver Chainmail Bag
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Paco Rabanne Silver Chainmail Bag is in mint vintage condition. Very unique and edgy in bright metallic silver. Single chain strap. PBF 11162
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PACO RABANNE Vintage Mini Silver Tone Chainmail Messenger Bag
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
PACO RABANNE mini silver tone chainmail messenger bag embellished with glass beads. Antiqued silver tone chain strap. Embossed PACO RABANNE. No clasp. Indicative measurements : le...
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Paco Rabanne Pastilles in Gilded Metal Bag
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Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Paco Rabanne - Bag composed of articulated pastilles in gilded metal. Unsigned piece dating from the early days of Paco Rabanne. Additional information: Dimensions: Height: 16 cm, ...
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Paco Rabanne Silver-Plated Metal Bag
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Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
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Paco Rabanne Champagne Clutch
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Located in SAINT-OUEN-SUR-SEINE, FR
Paco Rabanne -Clutch composed of champagne color satin and gold coat of mail. Additional information: Dimensions: Width: 31 cm (12.2"), Height: 14 cm (5.51"), Depth: 3 cm (1.18") ...
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Unlabelled Paco Rabanne for Walberg gold and silver discs bag, circa 1960
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A Paco Rabanne Evening Clutch in Khaki Leather and Pads Circa 1968
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Located in Toulon, FR
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Paco Rabanne handbags and purses for sale on 1stDibs.

Find an extraordinary range of authentic Paco Rabanne handbags and purses 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 Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Chantal Thomass appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Paco Rabanne handbags and purses from top boutiques around the world. Paco Rabanne handbags and purses prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $285 and tops out at $1,757, while the average work can sell for $750.
Questions About Paco Rabanne Handbags and Purses
  • 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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