Fashion Designer Paco Rabanne Dead Aged 88

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

3 Feb 2023

Spanish-born fashion designer Paco Rabanne has died at age 88.

Best known for his best selling fragrances and for his metallic ensembles and space age designs of the 1960s, is said to have passed in Portsall, Britanny.

Spanish group Puig, which controls the Paco Rabanne fashion house and fragrance business, confirmed Rabbane’s passing in a statement given to WWD,

José Manuel Albesa, president of Puig’s fashion and beauty division, said: “Paco Rabanne made transgression magnetic. Who else could induce fashionable Parisian women to clamor for dresses made of plastic and metal?,”

“Who but Paco Rabanne could imagine a fragrance called Calandre – the word means ‘automobile grill,’ you know – and turn it into an icon of modern femininity?”

“That radical, rebellious spirit set him apart: There is only one Rabanne. With his passing, we are reminded once again of his enormous influence on contemporary fashion, a spirit that lives on in the house that bears his name.”