"Love Brings Love": A Tribute to Alber Elbaz

"Love Brings Love": A Tribute to Alber Elbaz

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"Love Brings Love": A Tribute to Alber Elbaz

The Palais Galliera is honoring the late designer and creative director of Lanvin with this exceptional exhibition. 

The Palais Galliera is honoring the late designer and creative director of Lanvin with this exceptional exhibition. 

Text: Stevie Rowley

In April of 2021, the fashion world lost one of the most influential designers of our time. Alber Elbaz was an extraordinary creator. He held the Creative Director role at French fashion house Lanvin for 14 years, and then went onto create his own fashion start-up, AZ Factory, in the last few years of his life. There is no denying Elbaz’s impact on the fashion world, and the Palais Galliera is honoring his legacy.

In an upcoming exhibition, Love Brings Love, the famous Parisian fashion museum, will recreate the AZ Factory show that was hosted after Elbaz’s death in 2021. Featuring garments from 46 different fashion houses, the show brought together looks inspired by Elbaz’s designs. From dramatically long trains, to larger than life bows, and portraits of Elbaz, each of the featured dresses embody his spirit. Each participant came up with their own designs to represent a different perspective of fashion. Whether it was through a lens of environmental issues, or questioned diversity and gender, each piece had a deeper underlying meaning that related to Elbaz’s own philosophies. Some of the featured designers include: Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton, Matthew M. Williams for Givenchy, Alessandro Michele for Gucci, and the late Virgil Abloh for Off-White. 

Coming from one of Elbaz’s mantras, Love Brings Love, immerses viewers in the full runway experience. The museum has recreated the original runway show. With an exact replica of the lineup, lighting, and ambiance, visitors are taken back in time to the original event. It takes a step away from the isolation that was felt during the pandemic, and brings a sense of community together in celebration his life. 

The exhibition begins showing at the Palais Galleria on March 5, and continues until July 10. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, and has later hours on Thursday. For more information about the gallery and to purchase tickets, head to the Palais Galleria website.

Credits: All Images From Getty Images of 2021 AZ Factory Runway Show

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