Paco Rabanne: the metallurgist of fashion is dead

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The fashion designer, perfumer and businessman Paco Rabanne has just left us at the age of 88, according to information confirmed by the newspaper Le Télégramme. A look back at his extravagant career.

 

His real name was Francisco Rabaneda y Cuervo, the Spanish designer died this morning in Brittany. More than a simple couturier, he was a true trendsetter, a fashion architect and a visionary, who will mark the Fashionsphere for many years, even centuries.

 

As Coco Chanel said: “He is not a couturier, he is a metallurgist“. And for good reason. From 1966, Paco Rabanne introduced industrial materials into his creations, which quickly became his trademark. Imitated, never equaled, he was a character out of the ordinary, different from all his other colleagues.

 

Young Francisco was born in a small Spanish province in 1934. Very quickly, he is confronted with the world of fashion, his mother being first hand at Cristobal Balenciaga. He quickly left his country of birth to come and live in France, the symbol of fashion par excellence. Before touching his first sewing scissors and discovering fabric scraps and materials, he studied architecture at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. To finance his studies, he drew fashion sketches, bag and shoe designs for brands such as Roger Model and Charles Jourdan.

 

But the young couturier soon abandoned his architecture studies to become totally involved in the world of fashion. Before clothes, Paco Rabanne creates accessories. His eccentric and original creations seduced major fashion houses such as Balenciaga, Courrèges and Nina Ricci.

 

In 1966, as political conflicts multiplied around the world, Paco Rabanne released his very first Manifesto collection, which he named 12 Importable Dresses in contemporary materials. The sixties are the decade of all the audacity, but also that of the emancipation of women. Goodbye long skirts, make way for minis and pantsuits.

 

Rabanne frees himself from all the diktats and goes even further with his innovative collection that uses materials such as sequins and rhodoïd plates. It is in this avant-garde and almost cosmic universe that the House of Paco Rabanne was born.

 

Experimental designer with an overflowing imagination

 

From then on, his creations and inventions aroused the interest of the fashion world as well as that of the cinema. Everything that designers did not think of at the time, Paco Rabanne did: dresses made of buttons, silhouettes made of gold plates, bustiers made of molded plastic. Nothing stops him and everything around him is synonymous with renewal. He is also a visionary: The very current concept of nothing is thrown away, everything is recycled, he already has it in mind at the end of the 60s.

 

In full Space Age, the revolutionary creator has the honor to integrate in 1971 of the famous and very coveted Chambre Syndicale de couture.

 

Between 1970 and the early 90s, the Spanish designer sees the field of possibilities open to him. After three first collections, a foot in the cinema, he launched his first line of perfumes and then men’s ready-to-wear before entering the women’s ready-to-wear. All this without forgetting his Haute-Couture collections, always more astonishing and whimsical than the others. Luminescent fabric, metallic paper and other materials that have nothing to do with the world of fashion, are grafted onto his creations.

 

After a success on all scales, the eponymous designer left his own fashion house and decided to devote himself to writing, reading and esotericism.

 

Knitwear and metal

 

Among the creations that have marked the career of the designer and the world of fashion, we find first of all the materials he used to use. Between molded plastic, hammered metal, aluminum or chain mail, Paco style questions and questions the very essence of clothing. Between architecture, artwork, design and clothing, the boundaries no longer exist.

 

Ultra-short lengths, transparency, revealed skin and even more than revealed, Paco Rabanne’s fashion is liberating, emancipating and innovative. Thierry Mugler will be inspired by him by using these materials or armor, throughout his career.

 

The iconic piece of the Rabanne wardrobe? A trapeze dress made of golden metal plates, first worn by Françoise Hardy, which will cross generations and ages, while arousing envy and desire. Recently, just out of curiosity, we went to Paco Rabanne. While trying on one of the flagship dresses of the label, made of plastic and copper, we realize that it is VERY heavy. By curiosity, we ask the weight of this creation and the saleswoman answers with a smile “a little more than 3 kilos”. To make sport while attending a cocktail? It’s done with Paco Rabanne dresses.

 

An extraordinary personality

 

Like many public figures, Paco Rabanne likes to create a buzz. Famous at first for his creations, he later became famous for his eccentric statements on TV shows. He claims to have lived several lives, seen a thousand and one things during his previous lives, while proclaiming far-fetched theories.

 

Paco Rabanne forever

 

Paco Rabanne will have marked the times and generations by his creations, but also his ideas. At the end of the 1960s, he created the 1969 bag, made from a flush chain and now a staple of the House. But that’s not all, these avant-garde ideas made him one of the first to feature black models on the catwalks. In addition, he made a sensation by parading models barefoot, in rhythm with the music, uncommon at that time. He will take as muses actresses and singers such as Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin or Audrey Hepburn.

 

The fashion world leaves behind a singular, inimitable and whimsical designer. So let’s say goodbye to this blacksmith of clothing, who knew how to give an infinite life to the things that surround him.

 

 

Read also >Fashion designer Thierry Mugler dies aged 73

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The fashion designer, perfumer and businessman Paco Rabanne has just left us at the age of 88, according to information confirmed by the newspaper Le Télégramme. A look back at his extravagant career.

 

His real name was Francisco Rabaneda y Cuervo, the Spanish designer died this morning in Brittany. More than a simple couturier, he was a true trendsetter, a fashion architect and a visionary, who will mark the Fashionsphere for many years, even centuries.

 

As Coco Chanel said: “He is not a couturier, he is a metallurgist“. And for good reason. From 1966, Paco Rabanne introduced industrial materials into his creations, which quickly became his trademark. Imitated, never equaled, he was a character out of the ordinary, different from all his other colleagues.

 

Young Francisco was born in a small Spanish province in 1934. Very quickly, he is confronted with the world of fashion, his mother being first hand at Cristobal Balenciaga. He quickly left his country of birth to come and live in France, the symbol of fashion par excellence. Before touching his first sewing scissors and discovering fabric scraps and materials, he studied architecture at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. To finance his studies, he drew fashion sketches, bag and shoe designs for brands such as Roger Model and Charles Jourdan.

 

But the young couturier soon abandoned his architecture studies to become totally involved in the world of fashion. Before clothes, Paco Rabanne creates accessories. His eccentric and original creations seduced major fashion houses such as Balenciaga, Courrèges and Nina Ricci.

 

In 1966, as political conflicts multiplied around the world, Paco Rabanne released his very first Manifesto collection, which he named 12 Importable Dresses in contemporary materials. The sixties are the decade of all the audacity, but also that of the emancipation of women. Goodbye long skirts, make way for minis and pantsuits.

 

Rabanne frees himself from all the diktats and goes even further with his innovative collection that uses materials such as sequins and rhodoïd plates. It is in this avant-garde and almost cosmic universe that the House of Paco Rabanne was born.

 

Experimental designer with an overflowing imagination

 

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The fashion designer, perfumer and businessman Paco Rabanne has just left us at the age of 88, according to information confirmed by the newspaper Le Télégramme. A look back at his extravagant career.

 

His real name was Francisco Rabaneda y Cuervo, the Spanish designer died this morning in Brittany. More than a simple couturier, he was a true trendsetter, a fashion architect and a visionary, who will mark the Fashionsphere for many years, even centuries.

 

As Coco Chanel said: “He is not a couturier, he is a metallurgist“. And for good reason. From 1966, Paco Rabanne introduced industrial materials into his creations, which quickly became his trademark. Imitated, never equaled, he was a character out of the ordinary, different from all his other colleagues.

 

Young Francisco was born in a small Spanish province in 1934. Very quickly, he is confronted with the world of fashion, his mother being first hand at Cristobal Balenciaga. He quickly left his country of birth to come and live in France, the symbol of fashion par excellence. Before touching his first sewing scissors and discovering fabric scraps and materials, he studied architecture at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. To finance his studies, he drew fashion sketches, bag and shoe designs for brands such as Roger Model and Charles Jourdan.

 

But the young couturier soon abandoned his architecture studies to become totally involved in the world of fashion. Before clothes, Paco Rabanne creates accessories. His eccentric and original creations seduced major fashion houses such as Balenciaga, Courrèges and Nina Ricci.

 

In 1966, as political conflicts multiplied around the world, Paco Rabanne released his very first Manifesto collection, which he named 12 Importable Dresses in contemporary materials. The sixties are the decade of all the audacity, but also that of the emancipation of women. Goodbye long skirts, make way for minis and pantsuits.

 

Rabanne frees himself from all the diktats and goes even further with his innovative collection that uses materials such as sequins and rhodoïd plates. It is in this avant-garde and almost cosmic universe that the House of Paco Rabanne was born.

 

Experimental designer with an overflowing imagination

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