For the seventh year in a row, the Spanish Fashion series by Spanish Correos is paying homage to the great fashion designers that have brought the art of dressing to the top international runways. This year, Paco Rabanne takes the spotlight, with a block page of four stamps dedicated to the designer.
Paco Rabanne (given name Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo) was born in Pasajes, Guipuzcoa, in 1934. After studying architecture at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, he entered the world of artisan design of accessories, sunglasses, bags and jewellery for major brands such as Givenchy, Balenciaga and Dior. His innovative vision of fashion led him to experiment with the use of new materials such as plastic, metal, paper, fiberglass, mother-of-pearl and fluorescent leather, among many others.
In 1966, Paco Rabanne presented the collection "12 Unwearable Dresses in Contemporary Materials," decorated with rhodoid plating (registered material) and other elements, to great acclaim. Three years later, he created his own line of perfumes, which led to the creation of his design firm featuring haute couture, pret-a-porter, perfumes and decoration. In 1999, he retired from the world of fashion to dedicate his time to other artistic activities. His multiple awards and honours include being knighted by the National Order of the Legion of Honour, granted by the President of the French Republic, for his innovative contributions to fashion. In 2001, the King of Spain presented him with the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts.
The first stamp portrays a long dress made with silver plastic plating, soldered with metal rings and chains. The bottom opens towards the left, and the dress closes in the back with a silver plastic button. The second stamp shows a knee-high dress made of yellow and turquoise zippers in cotton and gold-plated metal. The zippers are distributed in groups of six with two alternating colours. The next dress is made of plates cut in quadrangular and triangular shapes in a strawberry pink colour, combined with other transparent yellow and blue plastic plating. Finally, the last stamp has a knee-high dress made with circular metallic golden rhodoid plating connected with metal rings. The images are property of the Museo del Traje in Madrid.