Spanish fashion designer Paco Rabanne has died at 88.
He rose to fame in the 1960s, becoming known for his fragrances and metallic couture.
The designer's work is still popular today among stars like Sabrina Carpenter and Taylor Swift.
Famed Spanish fashion designer Paco Rabanne, known for his perfumes and extravagant metal couture, has died at 88.
His official Twitter account confirmed the fashion icon's death on Friday, writing: "The House of Paco Rabanne wishes to honour our visionary designer and founder who passed away today at the age of 88."
"Among the most seminal fashion figures of the 20th century, his legacy will remain a constant source of inspiration," the statement continued.
—Paco Rabanne (@PacoRabanne) February 3, 2023
Rabanne was born near San Sebastián, Spain, on February 18, 1934, as Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo.
His seamstress mother worked at Balenciaga's first couture house, and his father was a colonel who died in the Spanish Civil War.
Though the family's early history was tragic, it ultimately led Rabanne to his life's calling.
According to Vogue, Rabanne's mother moved with her son to France as refugees, leading Rabanne to start studying architecture at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts.
It was at that time that Rabanne began designing clothes and accessories and formed relationships with fashion icons like Elsa Schiaparelli and Hubert de Givenchy, Vogue reported.
From there, Rabanne's designs became instrumental in the French fashion world of the 1960s.
His first show, "Twelve Unwearable Dresses in Contemporary Materials," was groundbreaking.
He played music in the background, cast models from diverse backgrounds, and showcased clothes made not from fabric but from everyday materials like paper — all things that were previously unheard of, Vogue reported.
And that's not to mention how, due to the nature of the materials he used, many of Rabanne's designs were revealing and showed more skin than was typical at the time.
Also in the 1960s, Rabanne released his first fragrance — a citrus perfume called Calandre — that's still popular today.
Fragrances quickly became part of Rabanne's legacy, with the designer selling both men's and women's perfumes.
Though he retired in 1999, Rabanne's futuristic, metallic designs have stayed relevant.
As recently as last year, Sabrina Carpenter wore a glittering, two-piece set that showed the modern-day Rabanne at the Met Gala.
Taylor Swift then sported a silver minidress that called back on Rabanne's earliest collections at a January concert.
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