paco rabanne

1970s Paco Rabanne Chain Mail Maxi Dress

Early Rabanne pieces are so rare to find and I have three spectacular example of his work in the shop today. This one is a stunning plasticized aluminum chain mail dress in gold with the signature green backing that this particular range of dresses were known for. They were made for a season by Softwear for Baumann AG in Switzerland. The same company that produced the large panel of this that Rabanne used for curtains and room dividers for his home wear line. The gold Plastic pieces linked aluminum rings make the pieces very light and fluid. This would have been cutting edge fabrication at the time and the entire dress would have had to have been meticulously constructed by hand. It creates an almost bias cut effect so the sizing will work on a variety of body types and what you choose to wear under it will dramatically change the feel of the piece. Onto the chain link are round disc that dangle - they are placed in clusters over the body of the dress and edge the hem. Light gold toned aluminum chain edges. Love the V dip front and it is even lower in the back where the edges drape. Exceptional. Excellent, museum quality condition

Slips on to wear. The nature of the dress makes the sizing extremely variable. No identifying marks, though these had none when made. Similar pieces have been sold at auction and it is absolutely Rabanne.

Width from bust to hip: approx 15-20" flat across from side to side
Length: approx 52" from shoulder to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG

Item# DD2078

Reference photo shows Paco Rabanne adjusting one of his disk dresses with pliers, 1966.

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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