French fashion designer Paco Rabanne has died at the age of 88. The information was published by the newspaper Le Monde. The cause of death was not disclosed. As the newspaper reports, the designer passed away at his home in the village of Portsal in north-western France.

“The Paco Rabanne maison wishes to honour the memory of our visionary designer and founder. He was one of the most important fashion figures of the 20th century and his legacy will remain a constant source of inspiration. We are grateful to Mr Rabanne for creating our avant-garde legacy and defining a future with limitless possibilities,” the brand said in a statement.

Paco Rabanne was born in the Basque Country on 18 February 1934 and rose to fame in the 1960s. He presented his first collection in 1966 in Paris. For the first time the clothes were made of alternative materials: plastic, paper and metal. International movie stars, including Audrey Hepburn and Jane Fonda, wore clothes by Raban. He retired in 1999 and rarely took part in public events.