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┬ęThe Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

Dress

c. 1967

Designer: 
Paco Rabanne
Brand: 
Paco Rabanne
Label: 
none
Material: 
Mini dress made of aluminum plates and brass wire.

This mini dress made of aluminum plates sums up work of Paco Rabanne, known as the "Metal Worker." The inorganic metal "fabric" makes a striking contrast against the skin. It is one of the monumental dresses of the 1960s, implicating of androids' glowing hard skin in science fiction.
In the 1960s, people in every field made innovative use of new technologies, abandoning traditional techniques and materials, against the backdrop of remarkable achievements made by the space engineering and other advanced sciences. Paco overturned the common understanding that clothes had to use thread and fabric, and shocked many by using plastic for the dress in 1966. Using other new materials including metals and nonwoven fabric, since then, he gained fame in the late of 1960s.

Inventory Number(s): AC9472 97-23-3