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Couture + Photograpy: Alber Elbaz/Lanvin Exhibition in Paris


Alber Elbaz: Design Guru & Genius

Lanvin Artistic Director, Alber Elbaz does not use social media, have an e-mail address or take photos himself. His exhibition, Alber Elba/Lanvin Mainfesto at Paris’s Maison Européenne de la Photographie blends the worlds of photography and couture in a way that makes my heart sing. Described as 'an introspective, not a retrospective', the exhibition combines photographs with sketches, features a video, but best of all, one entire room blends couture garments in process complete with pins and basting threads, bolts of fabric that roll off the mannequin onto the floor, along with photographs of the garment. My photos here combine quotes fro Elbaz with my remarks. Most of us who make our own clothes entertain the fantasy of visiting a couture workroom...this is the closest thing to realising that dream. This exhibition closes October 31, so if you are in Paris this week, DO go see it. Quotes from Alber Elbaz come from the show catalog called Alber Elbaz/Lanvin Manifeste which I purchased in the museum bookstore, and tried, but could not find on Amazon. It is sure to become a collector's item.

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