Francisco “Paco” Rabaneda Cuervo, also known as Paco Rabanne, is a Spanish fashion designer who became known as the “unruly child” of the 1960’s French fashion world.
Rabanne was borth in the Basque town of Pagajes on February 18th 1934. His father, a Republican Colonel, was executed by Francoist troops during the Spanish Civil War. Rabanne fled Spain with his mother, they ended up in France where they started a life, and he started his studies as an architect.
His career in fashion did not start with clothing but rather jewelry. He created designs for big names in the fashion industry, such as Givenchy, Dior, and Balenciaga. He started is own fashion house in 1966. Known for using materials that normally weren’t used in his designs, such as metal, paper, and plastic- his unconventional and outlandish designs continue to be woven through the designs of his fashion house today.