There is nothing traditional about Paco Rabanne. Even his ascent into fashion stardom was avant-garde. Rabanne started as a jewelry designer for major design houses such as Givenchy and Dior. His familiarity manipulating metals grew experimental when he started designing clothing using techniques learned in jewelry making.
Paco Rabanne | Metal Master
Rabanne’s first shows took place in 1966 at Hotel George V in Paris and Crazy Horse Saloon, a Parisian cabaret. The show was named “Twelve Unwearable Dresses” as models were essentially fastened into their garments. The models walked barefoot and Rabanne was one of the first to use both black and white models together. But the show is most memorable for its unusual raw material.
With no knowledge of sewing or designing with fabric, Rabanne willed the industry to accommodate his skills. Of the dresses, Paco Rabanne is quoted as saying, “Who cares if no one can wear my dresses. They are statements.” And the statement resonated within a culture that would majorly question tradition and the expected.
Rabanne opened his fashion house in 1966 and would go on to produce metal couture for film, art, his house and others.
Paco Rabanne’s unique perspective brought life to metal couture, which continues down the catwalk and makes appearances in photography, music videos and more. Three examples of the designer’s work appear in the April 5, 2017 Luxury Accessories and Couture auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and are noticeably more wearable than his “Twelve Unwearable Dresses.”
The Luxury Accessories and Couture Auction will be conducted April 5 in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Chicago saleroom and online. Following this auction event will be a Spring Staples Timed Online Only sale on Monday, March 27 through Friday, April 7 on Bidsquare.
Saturday, April 1, 10am – 3pm
Sunday, April 2, 12pm – 4pm
Monday, April 3, 10am – 5pm
Tuesday, April 4, 10am – 5pm