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Paco Rabanne

  • Paco Rabanne © Justy García Koch / EL MUNDO

    Paco Rabanne © Justy García Koch / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Feb 18, 1934

"Fashion designer. His designs with materials such as aluminium, plastic and paper have made him one of Spain's most original couturiers."

His real name is Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo. He was born in Pasaia (Guipúzcoa) in 1934, the son of a dressmaker at the House of Balenciaga. When he was barely four years old he moved with his family to France. He studied architecture in Paris, although he soon ventured into the world of fashion. In his early years he designed accessories for couturiers such as Givenchy, Dior and Balenciaga himself. His first collections in the 1960s were surprising for his use of unusual materials such as aluminium and plastic. His designs have also appeared in films: among others he created the clothes Jane Fonda wore in 'Barbarella'. Some of these innovative costumes can be seen today in the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA). His fragrances are known all over the world.


Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts (2001)
National Fashion Design Award (2010)

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