After designing jewelry for the famed houses of Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Dior amongst others, Paco Rabanne (born Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo) set out to establish his namesake label in 1966, Paris. Originally from Spain where his mother was head seamstress at Balenciaga, Rabanne moved to France with his family at a young age and grew up to study architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. There, his appreciation for art was nurtured, informing his inventive use of unconventional materials in ready-to-wear such as chainmail, aluminum jersey, knitted fur, fluorescent leather, as well as paper. Today, the brand is led by Julien Dossena, who has reinvented Rabanne’s signatures such as metal mesh and chainmail dresses. Coming from Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquière, Dossena brought with him his knack for mixing materials to create fluid metallic forms reminiscent of the space-age era with a modern twist, alongside knits with sportswear references.