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Much Loved Designer, Alber Elbaz Has Died at 59

The Moroccan-born designer best known for reviving the couture house Lanvin for 14 years, with his signature romantic vision, passed away today at 59 years old, at the American Hospital in Paris.

Scroll through below for a selection of some of his most pivotal career moments:

1- From 1996 until 1998, Elbaz worked for the French house Guy Laroche, putting the brand and himself at the forefront of the fashion elite

Alber Elbaz has died

Le couturier Alber Elbaz et ses top models à la fin du défilé Guy Laroche lors des présentations de mode Prêt-à-Porter Automne-Hiver 1997-1998 le 13 mars 1997 à Paris, France. (Photo by Daniel SIMON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)


2- Having been scouted as creative director of Yves Saint Laurent in 1998, he was replaced by Tom Ford after three seasons following the Gucci Group’s acquisition of the label

Le styliste Alber Elbaz en compagnise d’un mannequin lors du défilé Yves Saint-Laurent, Prêt-à-Porter, collection Automne/Hiver 1999/2000 à Paris en mars 1999, France. (Photo by Pool SIMON/STEVENS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)


3- Elbaz began designing for Lanvin in 2001, holding the post of creative director for fourteen years. His time there is regarded as one of the m0st successful pairings of the decade


4- Bringing an element of excess and luxury to H&M during the Lanvin for H&M Haute Couture Show at The Pierre Hotel on November 18, 2010 in New York City.

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 18: A model walks the runway during the Lanvin for H&M Haute Couture Show at The Pierre Hotel on November 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for H&M)


5- The Lancôme x Lanvin collaboration in 2013 was Elbaz’s first foray into cosmetics


6- In 2008 Elbaz designed Lanvin’s first denim line, manufactured by jeans label Acne


7- To commerate the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris in 2013, Elbaz designed a dress for Walt Disney’s Minnie Mouse


8- Alber Elbaz’s 10th year anniversary book contained 3,000 photographs of every single person involved in Lanvin’s production


9- In October 2015, Elbaz shocked both fans and the industry by announcing he had been let go from Lanvin after a stellar 14-year tenure

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10- Following his departure from Lanvin, Elbaz designed the costumes Natalie Portman wore in the 2016 film A Tale of Love and Darkness which she also wrote and directed.


11- This year, Elbaz launched his own brand AZ Factory in January. Aiming to reinvent the basics and dedicate design that represents the essence of every women and every shape. “Our products are here to solve problems and create joy. Help, not hinder.”

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