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Celebrated Spanish fashion designer was 88

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Spanish fashion designer Paco Rabanne, known for his eccentric designs and perfumes, has died. He was 88. 

His label announced news of his death on Instagram Friday calling him a “visionary” and “seminal” figure in fashion. 

“The House of Paco Rabanne wishes to honour our visionary designer and founder who passed away today at the age of 88,” the post read alongside a portrait of Rabanne in black and white. “Among the most seminal fashion figures of the 20th century, his legacy will remain a constant source of inspiration.” 

USA TODAY has reached out to the designer’s parent company and reps for more information. 

Paco Rabanne, the Spanish fashion designer who created innovative designs and perfumes, dies at 88.

The post continued: “We are grateful to Monsieur Rabanne for establishing our avant-garde heritage and defining a future of limitless possibilities.” 

Rabanne, born Francisco Rabaneda in the Basque region of Spain, was a notable designer in the 1960s, creating iconic pieces that set the pace with metallic, space-age fashions. His recognizable chainmail dresses became a common design composed of plastic discs connected through metal links. 

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