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Fashion Biography

Paco Rabanne, Fashion Designer

18th February 1934: Paco Rabanne was born at San Sebastian in the Spanish Basque Country. In 1952: While studying architecture at the Beaux Arts in Paris, Paco Rabanne met many intellectuals and artists. To finance his studies, he produced accessories for the couturiers of the day and became involved in all forms of artistic expression. In the 1960s: Attracted by the tremendous energy stimulated by artistic research, Paco Rabanne decided to create Haute Couture clothing.

1st February 1966: 12 experimental and unwearable dresses in contemporary materials, a collection title that sounds more like a manifesto. Rhodoid and metal, clips and soldered material, and black fashion models dancing to the rhythm of Marteau sans Ma”tre by Pierre Boulez. Then the collections followed one after another, with leather, metal and fabric tending to become increasingly fluid.

1966: creation of disposable clothing: paper dresses sold in envelopes.

1967: the first molded clothing offered a new perspective on the body, before knit fur and aluminum jersey arrived and altered once again the conception of classic clothing.

1969: Calandre his first fragrance for active women, a bottle circled in metal, a cypressy fragrance, a revolution for the time. After it he created a number of fragrances, always innovative, always ahead of their time: Paco Rabanne pour Homme in 1973, the first aromatic fern fragrance; Sport in 1986, offered a daring combination of tangy citrus; XS in 1993, mingling a variety of woods to underline the masculinity of men and women in 1994.
Paco, a green, floral fragrance, was released in 1996, the expression of urban youth searching for movement and excitement. The complementary clothing line was precise and always in step with the times. In 1998, Paco Energy burst out in color: orange to wake up body and soul. The end of the century brought with it Ultraviolet, a message of serenity for the planet.

1990: Paco Rabanne created his women"s ready to wear line, a very stylish wardrobe. In perfect harmony with the Haute Couture creations, this new line took a proud stand for modernity with its innovative material, elegant simplicity, spicy femininity, and essential look.

1991: Trajectoire, Paco Rabanne"s first book and the second biography of the fashion designer, affirmed itself as a runaway success. That of a visionary who isn"t afraid of sharing his personal experiences with a public in search of spirituality. The book was followed by Le temps present and
La fin des temps, which went further still in this meeting with the public.

1999: The master"s Haute Couture was now 34 years old, already had its place in prestigious museums all over the world, and had won every possible award.
Ready to wear would shortly blow out its ten candles. Paco Rabanne decided to stop working on Haute Couture, which he felt was not in harmony with the new millennium. Instead he devoted his energy to developing the entire brand.
Fascinated as always with art, music and design, he saw the year 2000 as a new adventure.

2000: Preferring to concentrate his work on the major women"s ready to wear line and accessories, Paco Rabanne decided to discontinue the Paco unisex brand in 2000. This decision coincided with a general policy of refocusing the Rabanne brand.
In 2005, Patrick Robinson becomes Artistic Director.

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