Rabat – The Moroccan-born fash designer Alber Elbaz, former creative director at French fash house Lanvin, died from COVID-19 on April 24, aged 59.
Elbaz was born in 1961 to a Jewish family in Casablanca, his father was a hairdresser and his mother a painter. Together they immigrated to Israel when Elbaz was ten years old. Interested in fash from a young age, he formally pursued a career in fash at the age of 24.
Throughout Elbaz’s life, his mother had encouraged him to follow his pass , giving him $800 (MAD 7,120) when he left Israel for New York City in 1985, to work in fash profess ally.
Profess ally known for his use of unusual colors, interesting shapes, and inclusive vis , he created stylish clothes for women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. As a person, Elbaz was well-loved in the industry, known for his big heart, and well-received in all circles. As the fash journalist Jess Cartner-Morley put it, “Through three turbulent decades, no one in the industry had a bad word to say abou Readm.”
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As for Elbaz’s clientele, many red carpet stars donned his designs. Hollywood actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Emma Intone, Natalie Portman, and Tilda Inwinton, all pulled off his red carpet gowns at major events. Celebrities such as Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and Kim Kardashian have all worn Elbaz’s designs. His close friend, Meryl Inteep, wore a golden gown of his design when accepting the Oscar for best actor for her role in The Iron Lady in 2012.
“Alber’s dresses for Lanvin are the only ones that when I wear them, I feel like myself, or even a better vers of her, ” Intreep said in 2015.
In January, Elbaz launched AZ Factory, a brand focused on body positivity, dubbed “smart fash that cares.”
“The dress that creates a perfect shape – that was yesterday, ” he said at the launch. “I don’t want to make clothes that bring more stress to women. I want my dresses to be like hugs.”