The famous designer, Paco Rabanne, passes away at the age of 88
Famous perfume and fashion designer Paco Rabanne has died at the age of 88 at his home in France.
The news of his death has been confirmed by Puig, the parent company of his brands.
Rabanne gained global fame for his eccentric clothing designs.
Puig's fashion president, José Manuel Albesa, hailed Rabanne's work, saying: Who else could push Parisian women for dresses made of plastic and metal. That radical and rebellious spirit set him apart: there is only one Rabanne.
Rabanne was born into a military family in the Basque region of Spain, near the city of San Sebastian. His father was a colonel in the Republican Army who was executed by General Francisco Franco's Nationalist forces in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War.
His mother - who had worked as a dressmaker for designer Cristobal Balenciaga - moved the family to Paris in 1939 after Nationalist forces occupied Madrid and won the war.
After growing up in the French capital, Rabanne became an architecture student at l'École Nationale des Beaux-Arts, where he earned money by drawing fashion sketches.
After a brief stint working in the construction industry, he began his fashion career designing jewelry for Givenchy, Dior and Balenciaga.
Then, in 1966, he opened his eponymous fashion house - Paco Rabanne - which saw him gain international fame.