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February 10, 2020

Starkly Geometrical Plastic Swimsuits by Paco Rabanne, 1966

Paco Rabanne’s starkly geometrical plastic swimsuits employ contemporary materials with a classic simplicity, conjuring up timeless images. Rabanne’s modern mail-female approach is most apparent in air-conditioned outfit, designed to show and shield a fair lady. He has used his link principle in creations ranging from sandals with linked-plastic straps to wedding outfits with plastic veils.

Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo, more commonly known under the pseudonym of Paco Rabanne, was born 18 February 1934 in the Basque town of Pasajes, Gipuzkoa province. He started his career in fashion by creating jewelry for Givenchy, Dior, and Balenciaga and founded his own fashion house in 1966. He used unconventional material such as metal, paper, and plastic for his metal couture and outlandish and flamboyant designs.

Rabanne is known for the green costume worn by Jane Fonda in the 1968 science-fiction film Barbarella. Françoise Hardy was a big fan of Rabanne’s designs. The popular French singer Mylène Farmer continues to bring the extravagance of Paco Rabanne to her live concerts.


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