Paco Rabanne, the Space Age designer, has died in Portsall, on the western tip of Brittany in France.
Paco Rabanne was a futuristic conceptual fashion designer well known for playing with high-quality futuristic materials and he was a successful name in developing modern fragrances like PACO RABANNE & 1 MILLION.
The Puig perfume group aired the news of Paco Rabanne, which controls Paco Rabanne and several other fashion houses including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Dries Van Noten, and Nina Ricci.
Paco Rabanne’s contribution to the fragrances industry becomes a revolution because of his thoughts and fashion philosophy, like his words;
- Say goodbye to the age-old stereotypes of seduction. Seductive, but not a seductress, a woman wears a scent to reveal her personality
- A PERFUME SHOULD BE AS IMBUED WITH MEANING AS IT IS LIGHT TO WEAR
- I defy anyone to design a hat, coat, or dress that hasn’t been done before…The only new frontier left in fashion is the finding of new materials
Mr. Rabanne has collaborated with many fashion companies but most of the collaboration started in the late 1960s with Antonio and Mariano Puig, the members of the second generation of the Puig family.
“The President of the Republic and his wife salute an extraordinary artist who brought a wind of renewal to the world of haute couture and send their sincere condolences to his family and loved ones,” read a statement from the office of President Emmanuel Macron.
His magic on runways was phenomenal, the Élysée Palace added: “His “Twelve experimental dresses in contemporary materials”, presented in 1964 by barefoot models, followed, in 1966, by “Twelve importable dresses”, which he paraded to the equally audacious music of Pierre Boulez, were the manifesto of a fashion that jostled utilitarian constraints to elevate clothing to the status of an object of art.”
In the next release, the Élysée Palace added; “He was a couturier who did not sew, but who welded, hammered, assembled, who played with the texture of the skin as with fabric, and who reinvented what dressing meant. With his rigid materials and his chainmail creations, Paco Rabanne stood up against the stiffness and heaviness of an environment he saw as a straitjacket, and whose reactions were contrasting, to say the least,”.
Mr. Rabanne was the highlight of the industry because of his fearless comments which makes him a controversial personality with an open mind. With his prediction about the end of the world, he added a new chapter to the world of fashion.
Late “Paco Rabanne revolutionized fashion with his boundary-pushing and unique designs. He was the mastermind behind the frenzy for plastic and metal dresses among Parisian women. The launch of his iconic fragrance “Calandre” – meaning automobile grill – started healthy competing in the new era of modern femininity. Rabanne’s rebellious spirit is unrivaled and continues to inspire today. As we mourn his passing, we are reminded of his immense impact on the fashion fraternity. The House of Rabanne, named after him, embodies his innovative legacy,” said Jose Manuel Albesa, President of Beauty and Fashion at Puig.
The CEO of Marc Puig added: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Paco Rabanne. The history of Puig and Paco Rabanne began in the late 1960s with the launch of Calandre, the perfume created soon after the designer released ‘12 Unwearable Dresses in Contemporary Materials.’ A major personality in fashion, his was a daring, revolutionary, and provocative vision, conveyed through a unique aesthetic… I extend my sincere condolences to his family and to those who have known him.”
Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo aka Paco Rabanne was born in a small town in Spain Pasaia on February 18, 1934. Mr. Rabanne’s childhood was surrounded by couture as his mother worked for Cristobal Balenciaga.
After passing the husband (father of Paco Rabanne) under the disturbing social environment his mother fled Spain with her four children and they crossed the Pyrenees on foot and arrived in France, as a refuge in Brittany, near Morlaix.
The society and circumstances made Mr. Rabanne a reasonable idealist personality of self-philosophy and risk taker in work. In early life, Mr. Paco Rabanne started his professional career with Givenchy, Dior, and Balenciaga and then established his own house in 1966. By using materials like plastic, paper, metal, and chains. Now the legacy is going forward with the designer Julien Dossena.
Yes, He was a fashion designer but he made his name and brand in the fragrance industry and today every store in telling the story of Paco Rabanne’s fragrances “Black XS, Lady Million, 1 Million” are among the best-selling scents in the world.