Tributes to Paco Rabanne following the announcement of his death on Friday.
The Spanish designer, known for inspiring the Space Age aesthetic of the 1960s, died at his home in France, his company shared in a statement.
Rabanne’s designs were popular until his death, after he first established his fashion house in 1966, where he created ‘metal couture’ in new forms of leisure.
The fashion world was left devastated after hearing the news of the artist’s death, and has shared reactions to the loss.
The chief executive of the Spanish company Puig, which controls the Paco Rabanne brand, said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Paco Rabanne.
“A great personality in fashion, his bold, revolutionary and provocative vision, expressed through a unique aesthetic.”
José Manuel Albesa, president of Puig’s fashion and beauty division, said: “Paco Rabanne made magnetic transgression. Who else could tempt the fashionable women of Paris to beg for dresses made of plastic and metal?
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“Who but Paco Rabanne could imagine a fragrance called Calandre – the word means ‘car grill’, you know – and turn it into an icon of modern femininity?
“That radical, rebellious spirit set him apart: There is only one Rabanne. With his death, we are reminded once again of the enormous influence he had on today’s fashion, a spirit that lives on in the house that bears his name. “
Among the other names that followed tributes was Lindsay Lohan, who sent emojis of a prayer, a heart and a dove, in response to the sad news on Instagram.
Model Stacey McKenzie recalled: “One of the nicest designers I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, relaxing and modeling for. Thank you for being Paco Rabanne, you will be greatly missed.”
The V&A Museum of Art and Design tweeted: “Sad to hear of the death of designer @PacoRabanne.
“First trained as an architect, he radicalized high-end fashion design in the 1960s through a playful use of materials. He will be missed.”
Rabanne retired from the fashion industry in 1999.
Before creating clothes, Rabanne made jewelery for the fashion houses Givenchy, Dior and Balenciaga, where his mother had previously worked as a seamstress.
Rabonne’s own iconic designs have received high praise, worn by the likes of Kate Moss, Beyonce and Dua Lipa.