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1985, Elbaz moved to New York City and spent two years working for a manufacturer of mother-of-the-bride clothing, George F Couture. He then worked for Geoffrey Beene for seven years. He says he was influenced by Beene's rejection of trends and masterful
drape and fit. "It was a very beautiful relationship.... Our best
dialogue was not in words," Elbaz has reminisced.
In 1997, Elbaz left Beene and, through retailer Dawn Mello, was hired by the firm of Guy Laroche.
But, by the time of Elbaz's arrival, the Laroche enterprise had become
overly conservative and lackluster. Even so, Elbaz was able to update
the collection and somewhat enhance the image of the firm, whose
activities at the time included the management of 15 boutiques and 70
license agreements worldwide. However, he departed within a year, 1998,
and began designing ready-to-wear women's clothing for Yves Saint Laurent, because Saint-Laurent himself wished to withdraw from his hands-on design of prêt-à-porter
(ready-to-wear). In the position, Elbaz's talent was recognized, and he
was groomed to become the head designer of the house when Saint Laurent
This was not to happen, because the Gucci Group purchased YSL Rive Gauche, the ready-to-wear label, and Gucci design director Tom Ford dismissed Elbaz after three collections. Elbaz instead began working for Krizia in Italy and designed a well-received inaugural collection.
In October 2001, Elbaz was appointed artistic director of Lanvin in Paris. In August 2001, the company was purchased by investor group Harmonie S.A., led by Shaw-Lan Wang,
a Taiwanese media magnate, who hired Elbaz. On October 28, 2015, Lanvin
announced that it severed ties with Elbaz, who separately stated that
his removal was “the decision of the company’s majority shareholder.”