KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.


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c. 1967

Paco Rabanne
Paco Rabanne
Mini dress made of aluminum plates and brass wire.
Inventory Number(s)
AC9472 97-23-3

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.