Fashion designer Paco Rabanne dies at 88

Paco Rabanne, the Spanish fashion designer, perfumer and businessman, died this Friday, February 3, 2023. at the age of 88 in the town from Portsall, France, where he resided, according with the local newspaper Lé Télégramme.

The news of his death was also confirmed by the mayor from Vannes, David Robo, and a spokesperson for the multinational perfumery, cosmetics and fashion designer Puigwho owns the brand.

«Paco Rabanne made transgression something magnetic. who but he could convince the Parisian woman to demand dresses made of plastic and metal?” Puig explained in his statement.

Who was Paco Rabanne, the Spanish fashion designer?

Paco Rabanne made a name for himself in the world of fashionin which he stood out for his clothing creations and his perfume brand. Francisco Rabaneda-Cuervo was born on February 18, 1934. in San Sebastian, his mother worked as a seamstress for Cristóbal Balenciaga.

His father, the General Rabaneda-Postigowas in charge of military barracks of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. Was shot by Franco’s troops in 1936. In 1939, the family sought refuge in France.

Rabanne studied and graduated in Architecture in Fine Arts in Paris. In fashion, Rabanne began designing accessories, jewelry, ties and buttons for Dior, Saint-Laurent or Cardin and then decided to start on his own with the aim of introduce new materials and techniques.

This house started a collaboration with the designer in 1968, with a first perfume, calandre, which was a great success. It was the beginning of a successful variant that arrived in time for Rabanne, which had caused a sensation twenty years earlier. with their dresses made of metal plates, or entirely plastic.

“His vision was daring and provocative,” recalled the statement from Puig, who was fully bought by Paco Rabanne in 1986.