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Paco Rabanne (1934)

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Paco Rabanne, originally Francisco Rabanedacuervo, is a fashion designer who was born on February 18, 1934 in Saint Sebastian of the Basque Country of Spain. He fled Spain for France with his mother when the Spanish Civil War broke out. He originally had an architect's education but became known as the enfant terrible of French fashion world in the 1960s.

Rabanne started his career in fashion by creating jewellery for Givenchy, Dior and Balenciaga. He started his own fashion house in 1966. He used such unconventional materials as metal, paper and plastic for his outlandish and flamboyant designs.

Paco Rabanne is known for his costume designs for such films as Barbarella. Also Françoise Hardy was a big fan of Rabanne's designs.

Rabanne has an interest in paranormal phenomena, and became notorious for his prediction of the Russian space station Mir falling to Paris in 1999. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paco_Rabanne [Mar 2006]


Paco Rabanne was a Spanish designer who moved to France as a child during the Spanish Civil War. He designed plastic jewelery for Dior, Balenciaga and Givenchy before turning to fashion design. His jewelery designs were a prelude to the fashions for which he became famous. In 1965 he designed a dress made of plastic discs linked together like chainmail. In 1966 he opened his own fashion house. Other dresses were made of metal squares, discs or triangles joined together, in long or short lengths, as well as dresses in unusual materials such as crinkled paper and aluminum. He also designed costumes for films such as Casino Royale, Les Aventuriers (The Last Adventure), and Two for the Road. A futuristic designer, he appropriately designed the space-age costumes for the 1968 film Barbarella. --modmiss

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