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Paco Rabanne Handbags and Purses

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 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 Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

Vintage Iconic PACO RABANNE Logo Square Disc Chainmail Space Age Metal Bag
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Iconic PACO RABANNE Logo Square Disc Chainmail Space Age Metal Bag Measurements: Height: 7.48 inches (19 cm) Width: 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) Depth: 1.37 inches (3.5 cm) Strap: ...
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20th Century Paco Rabanne Handbags and Purses

Unlabelled Paco Rabanne for Walberg gold and silver discs bag, circa 1960
By Walborg, Paco Rabanne
Located in London, GB
The aesthetic of this bag not only mirrors the linear forms so often associated with technology. But also symbolises the clean-edged aggressiveness of the sexual revolution of the 1...
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1960s Paco Rabanne Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

Paco Rabanne Paris Black Leather Shoulder Bag 1980s
By Paco Rabanne
Located in University City, MO
Paco Rabanne Paris Black leather shoulder bag c 1980s The classic saddle style shoulder bag is covered in supple black leather. Designed with twin leather shoulder straps The fron...
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Late 20th Century Paco Rabanne Handbags and Purses

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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Paco Rabanne Vintage Silver Metal Mesh Iconic Draped Backless Top
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Paco Rabanne Silver Metal Mesh Tank Top
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Located in Nice, FR
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Paco Rabanne Chainmail Halter Top with Resin Bead Chevron Breast Detail
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Located in Nice, FR
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Paco Rabanne Vintage Black and White Rhodoid Heart Belt
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
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Paco Rabanne Silver Foil Grid Mini Dress US Size 8
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Nice, FR
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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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Jean Paul Gaultier Black Patent Iconic Corset Shoulder Bag
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Nice, FR
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Jean Paul Gaultier Vintage Black Lambskin Corset Bag Clutch
By Jean Paul Gaultier
Located in Nice, FR
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Valentino Garavani Vintage Embroidered Leather Clutch Purse
By Valentino
Located in Nice, FR
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Christian Dior Limited Edition Raffia Flower Bowler Handbag
By Christian Dior
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN DIOR limited edition natural raffia bowler handbag embellished with multicolour embroidered raffia flowers. Yellow leather handles. Silver toned hardware. Polished silver ...
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Paco Rabanne Style Vintage 1970s Gold Tone Metal Disc Purse Handbag
Located in Nice, FR
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Paco Rabanne handbags and purses for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Paco Rabanne handbags and purses. 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 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 Tiffany & Co., Roger Vivier and Mark Cross appealing. Find designer, vintage and Haute Couture Paco Rabanne handbags and purses from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $285 and tops out at $1,734, while the average work can sell for $1,017.

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