Paco Raban was born in Spain, in the Basque country, in 1934. Paco himself learned to be an architect, but he never really used his knowledge.
But while still a student, the Spaniard began to make jewelry and various accessories. A new brand was born.
This success and the attention of the press prompted Paco to take up clothing as well, especially since modern and revolutionary material was at hand. In 1966, the first Rabanne collection of twelve models was shown in Paris. Barefoot girls demonstrated outfits made of plastic, metal and paper.
Critics were divided. Unusual outfits were still of little use for constant wear. Raban continued to fantasize, creating bright and unlike anything outfits - feather cloaks, braided chain mail, metal clothes. The designer uses geometry, combines materials. In the international press, he was even dubbed the Jules Verne of haute couture.
Soon Paco Rabanne tries his hand at perfumery. In 1969 he created the fragrance Calandre. Oddly enough, the Spaniard was inspired by a car model to create such a smell. And in 1973, Raban turned the world of perfumery by creating a masculine fragrance with notes of flowers and wood.
In 1976, Raban presents his first ready-to-wear collection for men, Diffusion. And in the 1980s, the brand resorted to using reusable materials: newsprint, sponge, aluminum. The designer noted that he created some of these works in just a few minutes.
And in 1986, the Fashion House was bought by the Puig group, while Paco Rabanne himself remained in the post of creative director. He continues to develop his unique style and use technological inventions in the form of new materials. In 1998, the designer creates dresses from laser CDs, and in 1993 - from optical fiber, in 1994 - from plexiglass.
In 1990, the brand's first boutique was opened in Paris. Architect Eric Raffy was responsible for the design. The store's materials - glass and metal - seem to testify to the tastes of the brand's creator. In the same year, Paco Rabanne presented a new collection, changing his style. Now the basis is made of synthetics, reminiscent of soft leather in texture. Clothes made from this material turned out to be light and comfortable.
In 1999, the Fashion House stopped working in high fashion. The designer himself concentrated his efforts on the creation of ready-to-wear and perfume collections, moving more and more away from the atelier itself. The Paco Rabanne brand is changing creative directors one after another - Aurelian Tremblay, Christophe Decarnin, Rosemary Rodriguez, Perry Ellis. They all tried to adapt the prevailing style to the modern requirements of the fashionable public. Today the House no longer takes part in high fashion weeks. Paco Rabanne creates fragrances and watches, hinting at his possible return to the world's catwalks.