Paco Rabanne was born Francisco Rabaneda y Cuervo in 1934 in the Spanish Basque Country. At the age of five, he fled the Spanish Civil War with his mother, who was the first hand at Balenciaga, and took refuge in France, where he took the name Paco Rabanne. In the early 1960s, after studying architecture, he applied his skills to the design of avant-garde accessories, offering his unique creations to several haute couture houses. To launch his eponymous brand in 1966, he presented his first collection: "12 importable dresses in contemporary materials". In the following years, he broke the codes and created original pieces that were both sculptural and seductive in molded plastic, hammered metal, aluminum jersey and knitted fur. His legendary chainmail dresses would define a new era, evolving shapes in a style that is still emblematic of the house to this day. In 1967, Françoise Hardy wore a minidress made from gold plates encrusted with diamonds, projecting an image of Paco Rabanne that she would carry on for many years wearing his designs. Other Paco Rabanne muses include Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, Jeanne Moreau and Audrey Hepburn, who wore a dress with metallic discs in Stanley Donen's hit film, Voyage à deux.
Born in Brittany in 1982, Julien Dossena studied at the École d'Arts Appliqués Duperré in Paris before graduating in fashion design from the prestigious La Cambre school in Brussels in 2007. The following year, he was appointed Senior Designer at Balenciaga under the direction of Nicolas Ghesquière, where he worked until the latter's departure in 2012. Julien Dossena launched the ready-to-wear brand Atto the same year, creating two seasons before being named artistic director of the house of Paco Rabanne in July 2013. Moving from lines that illustrate urban carefreeness to composite creations that blend culture and ceremony, Julien Dossena has reinvented Paco Rabanne's visionary spirit with fresh relevance. His bold vision for the brand focuses on innovation by building on existing know-how, combining sophisticated expression with everyday ease. Like Paco Rabanne, who developed artistic projects with Salvador Dalí and Jean Clemmer, Julien Dossena regularly calls on the creativity of his close collaborators. Each of them leaves a mark on the brand as it evolves.