Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, expresses her emotion after the disappearance of fashion designer Alber Elbaz.

Born in Morocco in 1961, Albert Elbaz is passionate about drawing and chooses to study at the Shenkar College Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv, from which he graduated in 1984. Based in New York, he worked for seven years with American designer Geoffrey Beene before becoming creative director of Guy Laroche.

 In 1998, Pierre Bergé entrusted him with the artistic direction of the ready-to-wear line of Yves Saint-Laurent. For three years, his ability to renew himself and sublimate the codes of this mythical house acquires him the recognition of his peers as well as the public and strengthens his international stature.

When he took over the artistic direction of Lanvin in 2001, everyone saw the challenge. This was a challenge he met wonderfully since his career was thus inseparable from his time at the head of the oldest French fashion house. For 14 years, the visionary genius of Albert Elbaz led Lanvin to the firmament of international fashion.

In 2019, he decided to create his own brand AZ Factory, with an identity and philosophy fueled by his years of experience and his non-conformist vision: an innovative fashion, attentive to its environment, joyful, easy to live for all forms of beauty.

His intelligence, humour and craziness of creativity have permanently transformed the fashion world, to which it will painfully miss.


Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, Minister of Culture, sends her sincere condolences to her loved ones.