Fashion Designer, Perfumer Paco Rabanne Dies At 88.
Paco Rabanne, born Francisco Rabaneda-Cuervo, was a Spanish fashion designer known for his eclectic and often unwearable designs.
Nicknamed "Wacko Paco" in the 1960s, Rabanne later became famous for his globally popular line of fragrances. He dressed famous figures such as Lady Gaga, Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, and Francoise Hardy and was a co-creator of the 1960s space-age movement in fashion.
Rabanne studied architecture at the Beaux-Arts university in Paris and began his career creating accessories that caught the attention of famous designers like Christian Dior and Yves Saint-Laurent. In 1968, Rabanne signed a deal with the Barcelona-based Puig family, which marked his entry into perfumes.
Rabanne was known for his provocations and eccentric beliefs, including claims of multiple lives, 78,000 years of age, and predictions of Paris' destruction based on the writings of Nostradamus. He was described as a futurist, couturier, mystic, madman, and many more.