Dress, Paco Rabanne, 1967

Dress, Paco Rabanne, 1967

Dress
Paco Rabanne
1967
Paris, France
Plastic and metal
Museum no. T.165-1983; T.163&A-1983
Worn and given by Baroness Helen Bachofen von Echt
© Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Paco Rabanne led the field of radical experimentation in elite fashion design. Using techniques borrowed from jewellery, he created sculptural dresses in unconventional materials, which inspired inferior copies in London. Baroness Helen Bachofen von Echt wore this dress to a party in New York where she danced with Frank Sinatra.