Alber Elbaz Biography – Alber Elbaz Wiki
Alber Elbaz (born Albert Elbaz) was an Israeli fashion designer. He was the creative director of Lanvin from 2001 until 2015. Prior to joining Lanvin as creative director, he worked at Guy Laroche, Yves Saint Laurent, and Geoffrey Beene. In 2019, Elbaz announced that he was launching his own label, AZ Factory — a partnership with luxury conglomerate Richemont — a company aimed at producing smart women’s fashion by blending traditional craftsmanship with technology.
Elbaz was born in Casablanca, Morocco, on June 12, 1961, and grew up in Israel. After studying design at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art in Tel Aviv in the mid-1980s and a brief stint in the Israeli army, he moved to New York, where he removed the T from his first name so that it would not be mispronounced, and because “Alber Elbaz,” he thought, made for a more balanced brand name.
The Moroccan-born Israeli fashion designer launched his fashion career in 1985, working in New York with designer Geoffrey Beene. In 1996, he became the design director at Guy Laroche in Paris, before joining Yves Saint Laurent as creative director of its ready-to-wear brand Rive Gauche. In 2001, he joined Lanvin, where he earned critical and commercial success based on his principle of putting women first.
The fashion designer received the International Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2005 and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2007. In 2016, the French government named him an Officier of the Légion d’Honneur.
Alber Elbaz Age
He was born on 12 June 1961, in Casablanca, Morocco. He died on 24 April 2021, in Paris, France. He was 59.
Alber Elbaz Family
He was born in Casablanca, Morocco, on June 12, 1961, to a Sephardic Jewish family. His mother, Alegria, was a painter, and his father, Meyer, a colorist in a hair salon. The family immigrated to Israel and his mother became a cashier to support her four children after her husband died. Elbaz had a brother and two sisters.
Alber Elbaz Partner – Alber Elbaz Boyfriend
Alber Elbaz’s partner was Alex Koo, Lanvin’s director of merchandising. Gay fashion designer Alber Elbaz is survived by a brother and two sisters as well as his boyfriend, Alex Koo.
Alber Elbaz Death
Fashion designer Alber Elbaz passed away on 24 April 2021 at a hospital in Paris, at the age of 59. Richemont founder and chairman Johann Rupert confirmed the news of Elbaz’s death and paid tribute to the talented visionary in a statement.
“I have lost not only a colleague but a beloved friend,” Rupert said. “Alber had a richly deserved reputation as one of the industry’s brightest and most beloved figures. I was always taken by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity and unbridled creativity. He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent, and his singular vision, sense of beauty and empathy leave an indelible impression.
“It was a great privilege watching Alber in his last endeavor as he worked to realize his dream of ‘smart fashion that cares.’ His inclusive vision of fashion made women feel beautiful and comfortable by blending traditional craftsmanship with technology – highly innovative projects which sought to redefine the industry.
“I am very happy to partner with Richemont and to establish my ‘dream factory’, which will focus on developing solutions for women of our times,” Elbaz had said at the time. “I am extremely excited to collaborate with good people, talented and smart individuals and look forward to also having a lot of fun with this new adventure.”
Alber Elbaz Cause of Death
Alber Elbaz’s cause of his death was Covid-19. Veteran fashion journalist Suzy Menkes, citing Rupert in an Instagram post, said Elbaz “left this world after a three-week struggle with Covid”.
Alber Elbaz Net Worth
Alber Elbaz’s net worth is not a matter of public record. He was awarded €10 million in compensation from Lanvin’s parent company, Jeanne Lanvin SA, after the company relieved him of the position in 2015 before his contact end.
Alber Elbaz Height
He was 5 feet and 7 inches (172 cm) tall.
Alber Elbaz Gay
Alber Elbaz was gay. He makes the list of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender fashion designers on Wikipedia. His Instagram bio has the Rainbow emoji, which represents, supports, and identifies with the LGBTQ community.