Paco Raban was born in Spain, in the Basque country, in 1934. But after the death of his father, the family moved to France. Mother Paco was an extraordinary person – she was an ardent Communist and worked for the famous fashion designer Balenciaga. Paco himself became an architect, but he never used his knowledge.
But while still a student, the Spaniard began to make jewelry and various accessories. For them, Raban used new material, such as high-quality plastic acetylcellulose. These light, bright and inexpensive jewelry immediately attracted the attention of women of fashion. In 1965, about 20,000 earrings from Raban were sold. So a new brand was born.
This success and the attention of the press prompted Paco to tackle and clothing, especially since modern and revolutionary material was at hand. In 1966 in Paris was shown the first collection of Raban from twelve models. Barefoot girls showed outfits of plastic, metal and paper.
Opinions of critics are divided. Unusual outfits were still unsuitable for permanent socks. Raban continued to fantasize, creating bright and nothing like dresses – raincoats of feathers, wicker chain mails, metal clothes. The designer uses geometry, combines materials. In the international press, he was even dubbed Jules Verne of haute couture.
Soon Paco Raban tries his hand at perfumery. In 1969 he created the fragrance “Calandre”. Quite strange that the creation of such a smell of the Spaniard inspired the model of the car. And in 1973, Raban turned the world of perfume, creating a male fragrance with notes of flowers and wood.
In 1976, Raban shows his first collection of men’s clothing pret-a-porter Diffusion. And in the 1980s the brand resorted to the use of reusable materials: newsprint, sponge, aluminum. The designer noted that some of these works were created literally in a few minutes.
And in 1986, the Fashion House was bought by the Puig group, while Paco Raban himself remained at the post of creative director. He continues to develop his unique style and use technological inventions in the face of new materials. In 1998, the designer creates dresses from laser compact discs, and in 1993 – from optical fiber, in 1994 – from plexiglass.
In 1990, the first boutique of the brand appeared in Paris. The design was answered by architect Eric Raffi. The materials of the store – glass and metal, seem to indicate the tastes of the brand’s creator. In the same year, Paco Raban introduced a new collection, changing his style. Now the basis was synthetic, resembling soft leather in texture. Clothing made of this material was easy and comfortable.
In 1999, the Fashion House stopped practicing high fashion. The designer himself concentrated his efforts on creating collections of pret-a-porter and perfumery, more and more moving away from the atelier himself. The brand Paco Rabanne is changing one by one creative directors – Oreeliana Tremblay, Christophe Decarnin, Rosemary Rodriguez, Perry Ellis. All of them tried to adapt the existing style to the modern requirements of the fashionable audience. Today, the House no longer participates in the weeks of high fashion. Paco Raban creates fragrances and watches, hinting at his possible return to the world’s catwalks.