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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Paco Rabanne Rhodoid Plastic Dresses

Paco Rabanne became known as the enfant terrible of the French fashion world in the 1960s.

Rabanne started his career in fashion by creating jewellery for Givenchy, Dior and Balenciaga. He started his own fashion house in 1966. He used such unconventional materials as metal, paper and plastic for his outlandish and flamboyant designs.

Paco Rabanne is known for his costume designs for such films as Barbarella.

His well-known "Do it Yourself" Mod Rhodoid Plastic Disc Dress "Suitcase" Kit is shown below. Said Rabanne in 1966, "I defy anyone to design a hat, coat or dress that hasn't been done before...The only new frontier left in fashion is the finding of new materials". Enter in the disc dress made of small rhodoid plastic discs that are connected by metal jump rings to create a new kind of dress.
Rabanne even created a DIY kit fully stylized in a clear plastic (logo blazoned) suitcase to create the dress!

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