Many legendary fashion designers have left us recently. Eras might end, but legacies are forever. Those who have changed the world will never be forgotten. In this post, we’re going to talk about legendary Paco Rabanne, who died on February 3rd, 2023, at age 88. Let’s recall his contribution to fashion and find out why Coco Chanel used to call him a metallurgist. Keep scrolling!
Paco Rabanne is one of the main rebels and experimenters of the 1960s. For his audacity, innovative approach, and unconventional vision he was called the “Jules Verne of Couture”
Rabanne’s first collection called “Twelve experimental dresses” was released in 1966 and left such a great mark in fashion history that designers get inspired by it even today.
Thanks to this iconic collection, Paco Rabanne now stands in line with retrofuturism geniuses like André Courrèges and Pierre Cardin. Though it’s hard to deny that the will of chance helped him too: after the first human space flight people were tremendously interested in everything futuristic.
Paco Rabanne had a degree in architecture. He actively used his knowledge and experimented with modern materials: his garments were made with metal, paper, and plastic.
Rabanne’s dresses became a big part of the cinema. On top of that, the main celebrities of the 1960s loved wearing his garments.
Francoise Hardy, the style icon of the decade, was the face of the brand. In 1968, she was the one sporting his famous mini dress made of gold and diamonds at the first international diamond fair. Its estimated cost was 10.4 million dollars.
Brigitte Bardot also loved Paco Rabanne’s dresses. She appeared in his metal dress in Serge Gainsbourg’s “Contact” video. Another trendsetter of the 60s, Jane Birkin, used to wear Rabanne’s clothes too.
The “Barbarella” movie had a great impact on fashion. In the final scene, Jane Fonda’s heroine wore a stunning green costume – also designed by Paco Rabanne.
The designer’s clothes can be seen in “Two for the Road” starring Audrey Hepburn, “Les Aventuriers” starring Alain Delon and Joanna Shimkus, and “Casino ‘Royale’” 1967 – an unremarkable but beautiful Ian Fleming book’s adaptation.
Paco Rabanne’s life and success might inspire you to experiment and embrace your otherness. Different always stands out. Just put your heart and soul into your art and follow your dreams.
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