Rabanne was born Francisco Rabaneda in 1934 in the northern Spanish town of Pasaia. He was known for his avant-garde approach to fashion design, often incorporating metal, plastic, and other unconventional materials into his works. He created some of the most iconic looks of the 1960s and 1970s, such as the metal-studded minidress that Jane Fonda famously wore in “Barbarella” and the chainmail bikini that Brigitte Bardot wore in the 1967 film “The Edict of Nantes.”
Rabanne was also known for his use of vibrant colors and bold patterns. His clothes were often described as “futuristic” or “space-age,” and he was a key figure in the “space race” fashion trend of the 1960s and 1970s. He also designed costumes for films such as “The Fifth Element,” “Fantastic Voyage,” and “Alien Nation.”
In the 1980s, Rabanne moved away from design and into the world of perfumery, creating fragrances such as “Calandre,” “Paco Rabanne Pour Homme,” and “Ultraviolence.” He continued to collaborate with contemporary designers, such as Manolo Blahnik and Jean-Paul Gaultier, and also worked with high-profile clients such as Lady Gaga and Madonna.
Rabanne was best known for his unique contributions to fashion, which blended futuristic styling with traditional craftsmanship. He was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 2012, and the French government honored him with a retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2017. He was a true innovator, and his death leaves a void in the world of fashion.