Fashion icon Paco Rabanne Dies at 88

Rose Marie Rodriguez and Paco Rabanne on the runway at the brand's spring 2003 show in Paris. GIOVANNI GIANNONI/WWD

Paco Rabanne, best known for his perfumes and fashion designs, has died aged 88 at his home in France.

His death was confirmed by Puig, the parent company of his brands, which said he had “marked generations with his radical vision of fashion and his legacy will live on”.

Rabanne gained global fame for his eccentric clothing designs.

Puig’s fashion president, José Manuel Albesa, hailed Rabanne’s designs, which he said “made transgression magnetic”.

“Who else could induce fashionable Parisian women to clamour for dresses made of plastic and metal,” Mr Albesa said. “That radical, rebellious spirit set him apart: There is only one Rabanne.”

Marc Puig, chairman and chief executive officer of Puig, called Rabanne a “major personality in fashion” and paid tribute to his “daring, revolutionary and provocative vision, conveyed through a unique aesthetic”.

The Spanish-born designer was synonymous with the Space Age aesthetic and best-selling perfumes.