Paco Rabanne died at the age of 88

Spanish designer Paco Rabanne has died at the age of 88.

This was confirmed by the brand of the same name on its Instagram account on Friday. “The house of Paco Rabanne would like to honor its visionary designer and founder, who passed away today at the age of 88,” writes the brand, which belongs to the Spanish fashion and cosmetics group Puig SL. “He is one of the most important figures in fashion of the 20th century and his legacy will remain a constant source of inspiration.”

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Rabanne created his first collection in 1964, which was followed two years later by the couture collection ‘Twelve Unwearable Dresses in Contemporary Materials’ and growing international fame. From that time on he was known for his futuristic creations.

“We are grateful to Monsieur Rabanne for establishing our avant-garde heritage and defining a future of unlimited possibilities,” the brand said.

Paco Rabanne at a presentation with models in Tokyo (May 1969). Photo: Panasisa / AFP

In 1968, the fashion designer began collaborating with Puig, the brand’s current parent company, and the division ‘Paco Rabanne Parfums’ was launched in France. It was almost 20 years before Puig took over Paco Rabanne’s entire business in 1987. At the end of the 90s he withdrew from the public and handed over the creative direction of the label. It took some time for the brand to bounce back.

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Paco Rabanne SS23. Photos: Launchmetrics Spotlight

After several changes at the creative head, Frenchman Julien Dossena has been in charge of creative direction since 2013. He succeeded Lydia Maurer.