PacoRabanne is designer of Spanish origin. His full name is Francisco “Paco” RabanedaCuervo and his birthplace is Pasajes, Basque Country, Spain. The date he was born is the 18th of February 1934.
When the Spanish Civil War broke out, he and his mother fled their home and made it to France. They managed to start their lives once again there and soon Paco started studying for an architect, however this was not his passion. Fashion was. He realized that eventually and started his tough journey to becoming a fashion designer. During the 1960’s he managed to earn himself a reputation of anl’enfant terrible of French fashion.
PacoRabanne started out as a jewelry designer for Dior, Givenchy and Balenciaga. All big names in the French fashion industry. After some time of gathering experience and learning from the best he decided to open his own fashion house in 1966. It was then, when he started experimenting and gave himself freedom in designing clothes. He included a lot of unconventional materials in his works of art, such as: metal, paper and plastic.
In 2005 Rabanne opened his very own exhibition in Moscow. As the infamous designer said himself, he decided to exhibit his drawing so that If by some unfortunate turn of events he disappears or dies, he could be remembered not only as a designer but also as an artist He also said, that these drawings were only shown to Salvador Dali 30 years before the exhibition in Moscow and that at the time, he approved them. One of the drawings he showed was of a child, letting go of a white balloon and a dove in the sky. This black and white sketch is said to have been inspired by the Beslan attack in Russia. Rabanne wanted all the money from the drawing to go to the women in Beslan.
Photo Gallery (Designs and logo of Paco Rabanne)
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