In love with Brittany, there was a house by the sea. It was in Portsall, near Brest, where he lived, that the great Franco-Spanish fashion designer Paco Rabanne died this Friday, reveals Le Télégramme and confirms the AFP.
He was 88 years old.
The cause of his death remains unknown at this time.
The artist and perfumer marked the world of fashion for more than half a century.
Son of a first hand of Balenciaga, Paco Rabanne, born Francisco Rabaneta in the Spanish Basque Country, is a self-taught couturier.
But he immersed himself very early in the middle thanks to his mother, who works for Cristobal Balenciaga.
His father was shot by the Francoists.
The Rabaneta family took refuge in Finistère in February 1939.
An eccentric and visionary stylist, he became the champion of metallic clothing on the haute couture catwalks.
With his fake jewelry, his paper creations, his fantastic Plexiglas and his metal, the young Paco Rabanne caused a scandal at the time.
To the point of being nicknamed “the metallurgist” by Coco Chanel.
While he had a profound impact on the history of fashion, the name of Paco Rabanne remains too often associated with his perfumes and his wacky declarations, sources of mockery: he claimed to have seen God and extra-terrestrials, predicted the fall of the Russian orbital station Mir.
A fervent Christian, Paco Rabanne assumed a certain taste for esotericism cultivated from childhood.
“My mother was very pragmatic, but my grandmother was a shaman, she introduced me to the knowledge of the world very early.
I have always kept that in me, ”he confided in our columns in 2005.
His daring choices of materials, his way of working them and his avant-garde vision influenced a whole generation of couturiers.