Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 19

A Paco Rabanne Couture Bolero in "Papier Fou" Called - France Circa 1981



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 House in 1988, then in 1991 (look No. 21 of the 1991 show). Short bolero with front closure by two snaps and decorated with a matching bow tie. It is a synthetic material crumpled paper, revolutionary for the time, in silver and iridescent Tivek color of the Rainbow! Lining in raw taffeta and claw Paco Rabanne Paris. Some stains on the lining and patina of use of the Bolero with some cracks. Stable material. Good condition. Dimensions: Equivalent size 36-38 France. Height 29 cm, shoulders 42 cm, chest 90-95 cm, sleeves 12 cm. Bibliography: Catalogue of the Exhibition " Paco Rabanne ", Musée de la Mode de Marseille, 1995.


  • Designer
  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Marked Size: Equivalent size 36-38 France (EU)
  • Style
    1981 (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good Condition and Color.
  • Seller Location
    Toulon, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU633315945592

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping

    Ships From: Toulon, France
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More

About the Manufacturer

Paco Rabanne

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.

Find vintage Paco Rabanne clothing and accessories on 1stDibs.

About the Seller
Located in Toulon, France
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2010
1stDibs seller since 2017
292 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller
  • A Givenchy Haute Couture Tunic Dress By Julien MacDonald - Fall-Winter 2002
    By Givenchy
    Located in Toulon, FR
    Fall-Winter 2002 Paris Superb tunic dress from the Haute Couture show of Maison Givenchy by Julien MacDonald who took over from Alexander Mc Queen in 2002. Tunic in sheath, high co...

    Early 2000s French Evening Gowns

  • 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...

    1970s French Belts

  • A Versace Yellow Dress and Jacket, Circa 1990
    By Versace
    Located in Toulon, FR
    Circa 1990 Italy Versace Jeans yellow Couture suit dress (manufacturer of products of Italian fashion ) in floss and cotton , consisting of a dress and a yellow matched jacket . D...

    1990s Italian Jackets

  • A Peach Velvet Evening Bolero Lanvin Style Circa 1930/1940
    Located in Toulon, FR
    Circa 1930/1940 France Evening bolero in iridescent velvet with a peach skin effect dating from the 1930s / 1940s, in the same style as Jeanne Lanvin's production at the same period....

    1930s French Visite Jackets

  • Jacket with Integrated Shirt Jean-Paul Gaultier Homme Circa 1995
    By Jean Paul Gaultier
    Located in Toulon, FR
    Circa 1995 France Humorous jacket with integrated shirt by Jean-Paul Gaultier Homme dating from the 1990s. Two-part ensemble, long sleeve shirt closed in front by mother of pearl b...

    1990s French Jackets

  • A Chanel Haute Couture skirt suit in Mohair wool tweed numbered 48863 Circa 1970
    By Chanel
    Located in Toulon, FR
    Circa 1970/1975 France Elegant Gabrielle Chanel Haute Couture skirt suit numbered 48863 dating from the 1970s. Skirt and jacket in wool tweed mottled and curled in green, pink, sal...

    1970s French Skirt Suits

You May Also Like

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.

1980s French Maxi Dress

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...

21st Century and Contemporary Evening Dresses

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.

1960s French Cropped Jackets

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 (...

20th Century French Blazers

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

Late 20th Century Jackets

PACO RABANNE Size M Silver Cotton / Polyurethane Metallic Bomber Jacket
By Paco Rabanne
Located in San Francisco, CA
PACO RABANNE jacket comes in a silver metallic cotton / polyurethane featuring a bomber style, ribbed hen, cut out detail, slit pockets, and a full zip up closure. Made in Portugal. ...

21st Century and Contemporary Portuguese Jackets

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...

21st Century and Contemporary French Coats and Outerwear

1990s Paco Rabanne Haute Couture Black Ostrich Leather Chain Accent Skirt Suit
By Paco Rabanne
Located in Philadelphia, PA
TheRealList presents: an incredible black ostrich leather Paco Rabanne Haute Couture skirt set. From the early 1990s, this absolutely stunning custom set is constructed entirely of b...

1990s French Skirt Suits

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 ...

1980s French Maxi Dresses

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...

1990s French Cocktail Dresses

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Trusted Global Delivery