Paco Rabanne is dead: The message from the company that owns the brand

Mirela Ionela Achim (

famous fashion designer Basque Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo, better known under the Paco Rabanne signature, he died on fridayat the age of 88.

The information was released by a press release from the Spanish Puig group that controls the brand that bears the artist’s name, from which he left two decades ago.

The company said the designer “marked generations with his radical vision of fashion, and his legacy will live on.”

Rabanne, famous and controversial for his eccentric clothing designs

The president of Puig’s fashion department, José Manuel Albesa, said of Rabanne’s designs that they “made transgression magnetic,” according to the BBC.

“The House of Paco Rabanne wishes to pay tribute to our visionary designer and founder, who passed away today at the age of 88. Among the most important fashion figures of the 20th century, his legacy will remain a constant source of inspiration.

We are grateful to Mr. Rabanne for establishing our avant-garde heritage and defining a future with limitless possibilities”says the designer’s official Facebook page.

A fashion empire that has lasted for decades

The designer was born in Pasaia (Gipuzkoa) on February 18, 1934, being appreciated for his textile creations and perfume brand, writes El Pais.

He was awarded the National Fashion Design Award in 2010 for “his innovation and contribution in all fields of 20th century culture”.

He was the son of an Andalusian general loyal to the Republic named Francisco Rabaneda Postigo, who was shot in Santoña (Cantabria) in 1937, and a Basque active member of the leadership of the Communist Party of Spain (PCE). .

At the age of five, Rabanne moved with his family to Paris where he later studied Architecture at the National School of Fine Arts; he quickly entered the world of fashion because his mother had worked in the Balenciaga fashion atelier in San Sebastián.

At first, he designed accessories for designers such as Givenchy, Balenciaga or Dior.

The year 1963 is the time when he presented his first collection in which he mixed materials such as plastic, paper or aluminum and since then, he dominates the world of fashion, ranging from haute couture, clothing and perfumes to decorative elements.

Its brand became part of the Spanish Puig Group in 1986.

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