The great Paco Rabanne died at the age of 88 years
The great Franco-Spanish designer Paco Rabanne died on Friday at the age of 88 years in France in the Finistère where he resided. Known in particular for his metal dresses, the designer has marked the world of fashion in the 1960sPaco Rabanne was also famous for his eccentricity..
It is a great name in fashion who died this Friday, February 3. Paco Rabanne, French-Spanish designer, died at the age of 88 years, announced the Catalan group Puig, which owns the brand bearing his name.
"With deep sadness, Puig announces the death of Paco Rabanne," says a statement, confirming information from the regional daily Telegram.
The designer died in the village of Portsall where he lived, a spokesman told AFP.
"He will remain an important source of inspiration"
"A major fashion personality, his vision was bold, revolutionary and provocative, conveyed through a unique aesthetic.
He will remain an important source of inspiration for Puig's fashion and fragrance teams, who are constantly working together to express the radically modern codes of M.
Paco Rabanne," said Marc Puig, CEO of the group, quoted in the statement. Jose Manuel Albesa, president of the division "beauty and fashion" of Puig, paid tribute to the "radical and rebellious spirit" of the designer.
"Who else could inspire fashion-conscious Parisian women to clamor for plastic and metal dresses? Who else but Paco Rabanne could come up with a perfume called 'Calandre' - the word means 'car grille' - and make it an icon of modern femininity?" he added.
Fall of the Mir station
Born on February 18, 1934 in the Spanish Basque Country, in San Sebastian where his mother was first hand at Cristobal Balenciaga, Paco Rabanne - whose real name is Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo - graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris, architecture section.
His father, General Rabaneda Postigo, who commanded the Guernica garrison, was shot by Franco's soldiers in 1936. In 1939, the family fled to France.
He began his career by creating accessories, jewelry, ties, buttons that he offered to Dior, Saint-Laurent, Cardin. Before launching himself in fashion to make it live in adequacy with the materials and the new techniques.
Throughout his career, the fashion designer, who was assiduous in his practice of esotericism, was also noted for a number of eccentric statements and hazardous predictions.
In 1999, for example, he announced in one of his books the destruction of Paris by the fall of the Mir station based on a very personal reading of the prophecies of Nostradamus.
The same year, the house had ceased its haute couture activity to focus on ready-to-wear. Gradually distancing himself, Paco Rabanne continued to appear on fashion festival juries.