Rare 1970s Paco Rabanne Chain Mail Dress & Headpiece
Early Paco Rabanne pieces are so rare and hard to find and I have three spectacular examples of his work in the shop at the moment. This one is a stunning plasticized aluminum chain mail dress in gold with the signature green backing on each disc that this particular range of dresses were known for. They were made for a season by Softwear for Baumann AG in Switzerland. This is the same company that produced the large panel of materials like this that Rabanne used for curtains and room dividers for his home wear line. The gold plastic pieces are linked with aluminum rings that make the dress 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. The way it is put together creates an almost bias cut effect which is lovely. It also means that the sizing will work on a variety of body types. What you choose to wear under it will dramatically change the feel of the piece. Worked onto the body of the dress are round discs that dangle - they form a diamond pattern on the front and edge the trim of the hem. Light gold toned aluminum chain also adorn the edges of the dress. I love the V dip front and that dip is even lower in the back where the edges drape. This dress also includes an extraordinary head piece that drapes into place once on. I love that the headpiece has no center which allows for endless possibilities for hairstyles.Exception. Excellent, museum quality condition
Slips on to wear. The nature of the dress makes the sizing extremely variable. Has extra disc and links. No identifying marks, though these had none when made. Has extra disc and links. Similar pieces have been sold at auction and it is absolutely Rabanne.
Width from bust to hip: approx 15-19" flat across from side to side
Length: approx 53" from shoulder to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-LRG
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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