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  • Fitting of the Lanvin Summer 2013 collection. Photo by Katy Reiss.

  • Alber Elbaz’s sketch of Lanvin Summer 2014 collection. Photo by Katy Reiss.

  • Lanvin Homme Winter 2013 Fashion Show. Photo by But Sou Lai.

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“Alber Elbaz/Lanvin: Manifeste” exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie

A forthcoming exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris aims to cast a light on the personal universe of Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz, Lanvin’s Creative Director for the last 14 years. Titled “Alber Elbaz/Lanvin: Manifeste” and coinciding with the closing of the Jeanne Lanvin retrospective at the Palais Galliera, the exhibition will open its doors on September 9, 2015, featuring more than 350 images from photographers like Katy Reiss, But Sou Lai, James Bort, Mark Leibowitz and Juliette Da Cunha, as well Lanvin’s close collaborators, among them Alex Koo, the brand’s merchandising director. Elbaz famously has no email address and does not use social networks, so who better than his longtime friends to offer an intimate glimpse of his work. The selected images document the design and fitting process, the emotion during the preparations of the shows and the beauty of creation, in a truly spectacular way.

Backstage footage and fashion editorial outtakes are placed side by side with sketches and personal photos, making the exhibition an introspective about the designer’s creative process, rather than a typical retrospective. “Alber Elbaz/Lanvin: Manifeste”, which spans over five different rooms, is also accompanied by a special video projection with a voiceover by Elbaz himself, featuring backstage snapshots by Jean-Christophe Moine and runway images by Seraphin Ducellier. Conceived as an art installation with no definitive reading, the exhibition uses a visual non-linear narrative that invites visitors to use their imagination and open their hearts. As the museum states, it’s a tribute to the oldest Parisian fashion house still in business, highlighting the work of the creator, not as a monologue, but as a continuous dialogue between fashion and photography. “Alber Elbaz/Lanvin: Manifeste” will run from September 9 to October 31, 2015, at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5 Rue de Fourcy, 75004, Paris.