Paco Rabanne, the celebrated perfume and fashion designer, died at the age of 88 at his home in France.
His death was confirmed by Puig, the parent company of his brands, which said he had “marked generations with his radical vision of fashion and his legacy will live on”.
Rabanne rose to prominence for his outlandish clothing designs.
Puig’s fashion president, José Manuel Albesa, hailed Rabanne’s work, which he said “made transgression magnetic”.
“Who else could make fashionable Parisian women clamor for plastic and metal dresses?” Mr Albesa asked. “That radical, rebellious spirit set him apart: Rabanne is unique.”
Marc Puig, chairman and chief executive officer of Puig, called Rabanne a “major personality in fashion” and paid tribute to his “daring, revolutionary and provocative vision, conveyed through a unique aesthetic”.
Rabanne was born into a military family in the Basque region of Spain, near San Sebastian. His father was a Republican military colonel who was executed by Gen Francisco Franco’s nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War in 1936.