Paco Rabanne to feature at RA Paris

L to R: Peggy Moffitt in Paco Rabanne, circa late 60s; Donyale Luna in Paco Rabanne dress, 1966, shot by Richard Avedon

A wild collection of vintage clothing by groundbreaking 60s designer Paco Rabanne will be on view at RA Paris from 17 April – 31 May 2012, with selected designs available for sale in collaboration with Mode Museum Hasselt and ArtCurial Paris.   The rising profile of Rabanne’s revamped label under the artistic direction of Indian designer Manish Arora, combined with a renewed interested in atypical materials across the international runway seasons of late (think Givenchy S/S 12’s reflective silver sequins, and the metallic leathers and shimmery jacquards of F/W 12) point to a Rabanne moment, making this RA showcase a fitting compliment to the materials zeitgeist in contemporary fashion.

The innovative Antwerp-based retailer’s new Paris annex opened during the F/W 12 Fashion Week season and features an eclectic mix of directional apparel and accessories by labels like Creatures of the Wind, Meadham Kirchoff, and more, in an inspired setting tucked away in the northern marais.  For those lucky enough to be in Antwerp mid-April, don’t miss the RA flagship’s seasonal stock sales, which take place from the 18 – 22 April on the first floor from 11am-7pm, with up to 70% off spring 12 fashions.

RA Paris, 14 rue de la Corderie, 75003.  Paco Rabanne on view through 31 May 2012.

Bridget Bardot circa late 60s

Audrey Hepburn in Paco Rabanne for the film Two for the Road (1967)

Paco Rabanne dress circa 1960s

Françoise Hardy in Paco Rabanne Jumpsuit, circa late 60s

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