Alber Elbaz

Alber Elbaz

Creative Director, Lanvin

The Israeli designer’s playfully feminine dresses have reinvigorated the historic French label and helped it expand quickly overseas.

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Israeli designer Alber Elbaz took up the mantle of creative director of Lanvin in 2001 and is widely credited with transforming the once ailing French couture house into one of the most sought-after luxury labels in the world. He frequently cites Lanvin’s endearing logo and founder Jeanne Lanvin as sources of inspiration for his timelessly feminine dresses.

The celebrated designer has been awarded a slew of industry accolades in recognition of his contributions to fashion, such as the 2005 CFDA ‘International Designer’ award and ‘Most Influential Designer’ at the inaugural World Fashion Awards held by WGSN. In January 2013, Elbaz was also announced as the winner of the ‘Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Award’ at the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund dinner. He has also been presented with the prestigious French Legion of Honour and in 2009 was awarded the Grande Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris, by mayor Bertrand Delanoë, for his positive impact on the city.

Elbaz, who was born in Casablanca, Morocco, began his career working at a small dressmaker’s shop in the Garment District of New York. Having moved to Israel in his youth, the designer studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, following a three-year mandatory inscription in the Israeli Defence Forces, before moving to New York in 1984.


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    Creative Director October 2001 - Present, Paris, France

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