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Paco Rabanne
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Designer
    (February 18, 1934- )
    Born in Pasajes, Spain
    Birth name was Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo
    Designed jewelry for Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy and Cristobal Balenciaga
    Founded his own fashion house (1966)
    Known for using metal and plastic in his designs
    Costume designer for the films 'Two for the Road' (1967) and 'Barbarella' (1968)
    Marketed the fragrances Calandre (1969), Pour Homme (1973), Sport (1986), Paco (1996) and Paco Energy (1998)
    He called his first collection of dresses 'the Unwearables.'
    He marketed disposable paper dresses sold in envelopes.
    He is a vegetarian.
    Based on his interpretation of Nostradamus, he predicted the Mir space station would crash into Paris, destroying the city (1999).
    He had earlier predicted that Armageddon would start in 1996.
    He has said that the Antichrist is alive and residing in London.
    At age seven, he had an out-of-body experience, during which he discovered his past lives, including the pilot of a flying saucer, an 18th-century prostitute and the priest who killed King Tut.
    During the Spanish Civil War, he and his mother escaped to France after his father was executed by Franco's fascists.
    He was one of the first designers to regularly use black women as models.
    For most of the 70s and 80s, his Pour Homme was the world's best-selling men's cologne.
    He gave all his employees time off so they could get the heck out of Paris on the day he predicted Mir would hit.
    He was stalked for three years by a woman who was convinced he was Satan and complained that he tormented her via telepathy whenever she ate chocolate.

Credit: C. Fishel


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