Iconic Paco Rabanne Space Age Designer Party Dress - New!
Size: Extra Small - Small (links can be moved to accommodate sizing)
This is a rare Paco Rabanne 2nd edition Space Age rhodoid metal disc dress made in the 1980s based on his original release from 1966. The dress is made up of gold-tone rhodoid discs that are linked with gold-tone metal rings. Paco Rabanne signature metal tag is at the back. This dress revolutionised fashion and is number 14 on the Marie Claire list of 'The 50 Dresses That Changed Fashion'. The dress was featured on iconic model Donyale Luna on the 1966 cover of British Vogue.
Paco Rabanne started his career in 1965 as a designer, with a collection of 12 dresses which he called "the Unwearables", including his first plastic dress. In 1966 he opened his own outlet where he earned international repute for his metal-linked plastic-disc dresses, sun goggles and jewellery made of plastic in primary colours. He retired in 1999. His architectural background led him to use disks cut from metal or plastic, linked with wire and other interesting techniques, producing tiny metal, vinyl and plastic link dresses.
This dress is in great condition for its age. Some stress and small breaks on some of the jump rings and discs but nothing to detract from the amazing and highly collectable dress. These dresses pop up rarely for sale, and when they do they are highly prized and keenly priced. It goes without saying that the first edition is so scarce that it almost never appears on the market. Invariably, it is the second edition that is mistakingly sold as the original 1966 design. Please drop us a line if your require additional information about this listing.
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