The appointment of Manish Arora as creative director at Paco Rabanne has resulted in the delightful reinterpretation of the designer’s ubiquitous chain mail dresses. Digging through the archives, Arora translates Paco Rabane’s vision for the 21st century using innovative technologies.
Unlike Rabanne’s dresses from the 1960s that were boxy and geometric in nature, Arora’s gowns are crafted to “fit like a glove” using a digital body scan.
The plastic and metal palettes used in Rabane’s dresses were identical resulting in a square silhouette. In contrast, no single square is the same shape as the next in Arora’s version thanks to modeling technologies.
The results are sensual garments that drape beautifully on the body, appearing more like a second skin rather than protective armor.
Arora’s creative use of technology coupled with his intense craftsmanship ( a few of the dresses took 25 people and 20 days to make) seems to be in spirit of Paco Rabanne’s forward-looking vision.