Holon pays tribute to the Israeli fashion designer, Alvar Elbaz, who died last year from Corona, and with the help of curator Yara Kider (“Zha Tam, Ronit Alkabatz” and “The Prom”), the design museum in Holon opened the exhibition “Albert Elbaz – The Dream Factory” to the general public.
The museum was decorated in many shades of red, wore a suit, tied a bow tie and yesterday (Thursday) opened its doors to fashion and design lovers. The two-story exhibition traces the stages of Elbaz’s life, from his childhood in Casablanca and his immigration to Israel, through the beginning of his studies at Shankar to his breakthrough into the world of fashion and his work in the most prestigious fashion houses in the world.
The journey in the museum starts from the gallery on the first floor, the fun corridor along which we are exposed to the important milestones in his life and to more than 300 illustrations, archival materials, rare objects and photographs that have never been revealed to the public. We get to watch many interviews he has done over the years, read about his dreams as a child and his fashion studies, about his first job as a designer and the launch of his unique brand, AZ Factory, whose goal was to answer the question: What is the future of fashion?
When his many quotes are displayed on the walls and floor of the corridor, the golden dress Elbaz designed for the actress Meryl Streep for the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony, which she also won, is placed with great pride on a tall mannequin at the end of the corridor.
The big surprise comes when you first step on the second floor. A variety of mannequins are scattered in the large room and each one has a model designed by another fashion house in tribute to the Israeli designer. Couture models are presented at the exhibition, including the launch collection designed by Elbaz for his brand, AZ Factory, and the models of the LOVE BRINGS LOVE exhibition held in Paris in his memory in collaboration with many fashion houses.
No one believed the boy who at the age of 10 said: “One day I will work for Yves Saint Laurent”, and in the end – he fulfilled his dream, and in a big way. As mentioned, the successful fashion designer was born in Casablanca, grew up in Holon, and completed his military service as a NCO for education and knowledge of Haaretz. After that, he began studying in Shenkar and at the end of his studies he left Israel with $800 he received from his mother and two suitcases: one for belongings, the other for dreams.
In New York, the designer worked for the American legend, Jeffrey Bean, and later moved to Europe, where he worked for Saint Laurent, as he had dreamed. The rosy dream was interrupted when the Gutsi group bought the company and appointed Tom Ford in the position of Albez. In 2001 he was appointed the chief designer of the fashion house Lanven. He dressed many stars during his years such as Natalie Portman, Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian, Meryl Streep and others.
The Israeli Elbaz conquered Paris, worked with the biggest fashion houses in the world and left behind a magnificent legacy that changed the face of fashion forever.
At the initiative of Alex Ko, the late designer’s partner, and the AZ Factory brand, 46 world-renowned fashion houses joined together to create tribute models in honor of the designer’s memory – including Dior, Balenciaga, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier and more.
The tour of the two floors of the exhibition is an exciting, enriching, educational and above all very inspiring tour. The exhibition, as mentioned, opened yesterday, and will be displayed at the Design Museum, Panax Elon 8 Holon, until February 25, 2023. The cost of the entrance ticket is NIS 45 and tickets must be ordered in advance.
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