Between the pages of Alber's first book

Alber Elbaz has promised that his first book will chronicle the creation of a single fashion collection, paying tribute to the individuals who make Lanvin’s particular brand of magic happen.

And he couldn’t resist describing the physical book as a mirror of its creator.

‘The book is small and fat—something I could relate to!’ Elbaz told the New York Times. ‘I didn’t want to make it a retrospective, the beginning of the end.’

Instead, the grosgrain-covered book opens with a series of blank, gilt-edged pages bearing quotes from the designer, such as, ‘I don’t want to see a dress with a woman. I just want to see a woman, with a beautiful dress.’


The book also incorporates 3,000 photographs surveying every area of the Lanvin creative process. There are close-ups of seamstresses at their work and photographs of paper-drifts of photocopies.

‘Day after day, season after season, I face a blank page and I have to fill it with a dream,’ Elbaz said of his de facto 10th anniversary tome. ‘That’s my work. And we have a team like an orchestra, that makes it happen.’

The book will publish this spring, with a pricetag to match its designer provenance: around €320 per copy.

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