Alber Elbaz

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Alber Elbaz
Born (1961-02-06) 6 February 1961 (age 58)
Casablanca, Morocco
ResidenceHolon, Israel
Occupationfashion designer
Years active1970-present
Partner(s)Alex Koo
AwardsInternational Award, Council of Fashion Designers of America (2005)

Alber Elbaz (Hebrew: אלבר אלבז‎, born 6 February 1961) is an Israeli fashion designer. After a number of other fashion houses, he was the creative director Lanvin in Paris from 2001 until October 2015.[1][2][3][4]


Elbaz was born in Casablanca, Morocco, to a Moroccan Jewish family. He immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of ten and grew up in Holon.[5][6] Elbaz served as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, and subsequently he studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan. His life partner is Alex Koo, Lanvin's director of merchandising.[7]

Fashion career[edit]

Elbaz began designing for Lanvin in 2001. In October 2015, he announced that he had been let go from the fashion house[8] since he disagreed with the company's major shareholder, Shaw-Lan Wang. Elbaz also complained about the lack of strategy and targeted investment of the company.[9]

He designed all of the costumes Natalie Portman wore in the film A Tale of Love and Darkness which she also wrote and directed.[10]

Art and graphics[edit]

Dress of the Year 2005

In 2006, Elbaz introduced new packaging for Lanvin, featuring a light forget-me-not blue color, a favorite shade which Lanvin purportedly had seen in a Fra Angelico fresco. Packaging included shopping bags imprinted with Paul Iribe's 1907 illustration of Lanvin and her daughter Marguerite, and shoe boxes designed like antique library files, tied with black ribbons to emphasize the precious nature of the product.

Elbaz illustrated the song "Lady Jane" in singer-songwriter Mika's extended play Songs for Sorrow.[11]

In 2012, Rizzoli published a book of 3,000 photographs documenting Elbaz's work for Lanvin.[12]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Elbaz's simple, feminine clothing, which has been compared to Lanvin's 1920s outfits, has been lauded by the fashion press. Suzy Menkes wrote: "Elbaz is every woman's darling. And that includes Nicole, Kate, Chloë Sevigny, Sofia Coppola and a slew of rising movie names."[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alber Elbaz". Prestige Magazine. March 4, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Tatler List". Tatler. Archived from the original on February 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Couture for Everyday". LUX Magazine. September 2013.
  4. ^ "Alber Elbaz Pushed Out at Lanvin". WWD. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Vogue's Alber Elbaz Biography
  7. ^ The New Yorker:Profil Alber Ebaz
  8. ^ CONLON, SCARLETT. "Confirmed: Alber Elbaz Departing Lanvin". Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  9. ^ "Confirmed: Alber Elbaz Departing Lanvin". Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  10. ^ Minow, Nell. "Interview: Natalie Portman on "A Tale of Love and Darkness"". Archived from the original on September 24, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  11. ^ "Mika and Lanvin book launch". Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  12. ^ The Inside Story of a Couture Dream in the Making
  13. ^ The Time 100, Natalie Portman May 3, 2007
  14. ^ "Honorary Doctors". RCA. Archived from the original on March 15, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  15. ^ "At Lanvin, a master of improvisation", Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune, May 24, 2005

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