The businessman, one of the most important figures in the sector in the last half century, has lost his life for reasons that, for the moment, have not been disclosed
Fashion designer Paco Rabanne has died at the age of 88 in the French town of Portstall, where he lived, as reported by Le Telegramme.
The businessman, one of the most important figures in the sector in the last half century, has lost his life for reasons that, for the moment, have not been disclosed.
Born in 1934 in Guipúzcoa and linked from an early age to the designer Balenciaga, whose mother was one of the most renowned seamstresses, Francisco Rabaneda quickly came into contact with French culture because his family had to emigrate after the Civil War. Paris, the city of fashion, was the place that saw him take his first steps.
There he studied Architecture while he was already presenting his first sketches of groundbreaking clothes and luxury bags. He even had time to touch the art of sculpture, for which he was awarded at the Paris Biennale in 1963.
The passage of time and his constant perfection in his designs made him reach a level of enormous reputation for the materials he used and because his models began to be seen on the big screen and even in some museums.
A benchmark in perfumery
At the end of the 60s, Rabaneda launched his first perfume. In fact, in the field of perfumery, over time, it has become strong with a wide range of products such as ‘One Million’ colonies.
Targeted at both men and women, its fragrance brands have become a symbol of innovation and freshness. In 2010 he received the National Fashion Design Award for “being the most universal living Spanish fashion designer; for its innovation and its contribution to all areas of 20th century culture, creating a new concept that escapes any conventional classification by turning fashion into a plastic expression of its time”.
It is not the only award he has achieved, as he was also named an Officer of the Legion of Honor and the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts.