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Evening mini-dress with body stocking and packaging
  • Evening mini-dress with body stocking and packaging
    Rabanne, Paco, born 1934
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Evening mini-dress with body stocking and packaging

  • Place of origin:

    Paris, France (made)
    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)
    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rabanne, Paco, born 1934 (designer)
    Warnaco (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plastic pailletes with metal wire and nylon

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Baroness Helen Bachofen von Echt

  • Museum number:

    T.165:1 to 3-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Paco Rabanne led the field of radical experimentation in elite fashion design in the 1960s. Having trained as an architect, initially he made plastic buttons and jewellery for Paris couture houses. When he opened his own fashion business in 1966, his architectural background and the current interest in space travel informed his work. Using techniques borrowed from jewellery, he created sculptural dresses in unconventional materials which broke all the rules.

This 'chain mail' dress was worn over a flesh-coloured bodystocking. Baroness Helen Bachofen von Echt wore it to a party in New York where she danced with Frank Sinatra.

Physical description

Evening mini-dress with body stocking and packaging.

[Dress] Evening micro mini-dress consisting of plastic pailletes and metal wire.
[Body stocking] Flesh coloured nylon body stocking.

Place of Origin

Paris, France (made)
United States (made)

Date

1967 (made)
1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Rabanne, Paco, born 1934 (designer)
Warnaco (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plastic pailletes with metal wire and nylon

Dimensions

Length: 700 mm, Width: 410 mm

Descriptive line

Evening mini-dress designed by Paco Rabanne, Paris, 1967, with body stocking made by Warnaco, United States, 1970, and packaging

Exhibition History

(Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery 40 Fashion 15/01/1990-29/04/1990)
Sixties Fashion (V&A 01/01/2006-31/12/2006)

Associated names

Bachofen von Echt, Helen Baroness

Materials

Plastic; Wire

Techniques

Punching

Categories

Fashion; Evening wear; Clothing; Underwear; Plastic

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection code

T&F

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