Perfume icon Paco Rabanne dies as fans pay tribute to legendary fashion designer

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    Fashion designer and perfumer Paco Rabanne has died aged 88, it has been announced.

    His death was confirmed by Spanish group Puig, which controls the Paco Rabanne fashion house.

    A statement shared on the official page of the Spanish designer also announced the passing of Paco when they wrote: "The House of Paco Rabanne wishes to honour our visionary designer and founder who passed away today at the age of 88.

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    "Among the most seminal fashion figures of the 20th century, his legacy will remain a constant source of inspiration.

    "We are grateful to Monsieur Rabanne for establishing our avant-garde heritage and defining a future of limitless possibilities."

    The designer's real name was Francisco Rabaneda Cuervo, and he was born on 18 February 1934.

    His career in the fashion industry was kickstarted when he created jewellery for the likes of Givenchy, Dior and Balenciaga.

    He then went on to create his own fashion house in 1966 and was known for using very unconventional materials like paper, plastic and metal.

    Fashion and film fans might know his work best for the green costume worn by Jane Fonda in 1968 science-fiction film Barbarella.

    In the movie, the iconic actress donned an emerald green bodysuit made from ornate materials.

    And recently – proving his impact upon the world of fashion – Taylor Swift wore a Paco Rabanne dress when she performed at London's O2 last month when she made a surprise appearance at The 1975's concert.

    But possibly known best for his world-renowned perfumes, it was in 1968 that he began collaborating with Puig, which resulted in the company marketing his perfumes years later.

    His first ever fragrance came out in 1994, with a scent named XS.

    The perfumer went on to release many other fragrances such as 1 Million, Lady Million, Black XS, Invictus, Pure XS and Fame.

    Paying tribute to the Spanish icon, fans have been flocking to social media to share their heartbreak.

    "A devastating loss to the fashion world. Rest in peace, Paco Rabanne," penned one on Twitter.

    Another said: "Goodbye Paco Rabanne, who gave the space age shape."

    While a third wrote: "Sad to hear of the Passing of Paco Rabanne he was and is a legend in the fashion and perfume industry he will be sadly missed rest in peace Paco Rabanne."

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