, originally Francisco
, is a
who was born on 18 February 1934 in Saint
Sebastian of the Basque Country of
He fled Spain for France with his mother
when the Spanish Civil War broke out. He
originally had an architect's education
but became known as the enfant terrible
of French fashion world in the 1960s.
Rabanne started his career in fashion by
creating jewellery for
He started his own fashion house in 1966.
He used such unconventional materials as
metal, paper and plastic for his outlandish
and flamboyant designs.
Paco Rabanne is known for his costume
designs for such films as
Rabanne has an interest in paranormal
phenomena, and became notorious for his
prediction of the Russian space station
Mir falling to Paris in 1999.