Fashion Designer: 36 Alber Elbaz Quotes

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Alber Elbaz was an amazing fashion designer. Born in Morocco, Elbaz is of Jewish decent. Elbaz was a well-known designer throughout Italy. Alber Elbaz has worked for many fashion houses and major talent, including Gucci, Yves Saint Lauren, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman and Rihanna to name a few. In 2019, Elbaz founded his own luxury fashion label called AZ Factory.

Here are a few Alber Elbaz Quotes to honor his memory and mark in fashion history. Take a look below!

“Fashion doesn’t look good only on models; it can look good on different people of different ages and different body shapes.” – Alber Elbaz

“I like having the freedom to dress as I desire.” – Alber Elbaz

“If you change a woman’s look, you change her persona.” – Alber Elbaz

“I think that we are in a very strange time, when everybody is thinking about what is going to happen, and everybody is kind of cleaning house a little bit. In the fashion world, we are doing something similar. We are taking the fake out and being a little bit more real and simple.” – Alber Elbaz

“I think fashion is about longevity and doing your work. It isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about process, keeping it going.” – Alber Elbaz

“At Yves Saint Laurent, I felt like the son-in-law – like I was part of the family, but not quite. When I was fired, I felt like the widow.” – Alber Elbaz

“For me, the sketching of dresses was about fantasy and dreams. In my little room at home, I felt that I was somewhere else. In Paris, for instance.” – Alber Elbaz

“It’s a major job to help men and women look beautiful.” – Alber Elbaz

“The big room or big suite doesn’t mean a lot to me. It is what the people do or don’t do that matters.” – Alber Elbaz

“The designers, photographers and models I work with, they are really hard-working people who are devoting their lives to fashion. They’re kind of like nuns of fashion.” – Alber Elbaz

“I never think people should do things for me. I think I should do things for others. That makes me more comfortable.” – Alber Elbaz

“I want to know where is that committee in Switzerland that sits to decide what is in and what is out. I don’t listen to the formula makers. I think maybe I have a selective hearing disorder.” – Alber Elbaz

“I’ve always said fashion is like roast chicken: You don’t have to think about it to know it’s delicious.” – Alber Elbaz

“I barely finish one pre-collection before I must start on another. Sales start, but I am already elsewhere creatively. The men’s show is being prepared, but we also need to think about accessories, perfumes and other items. In sum, I never stop.” – Alber Elbaz

“If I am in a beautiful place, but I don’t like the people, I am miserable.” – Alber Elbaz

“I certainly can’t complain. I work six days a week, if not seven, and eighteen hours out of twenty-four – fortunately, with a great deal of pleasure. Why? Because I only do something if I want to do it; I need to feel a desire, to find pleasure in moving forward, creating, moving, inventing.” – Alber Elbaz

“Why not touch things that we hate and turn them upside down and inside out?” – Alber Elbaz

“I love women. I get along with women more than men, and I have more women friends.” – Alber Elbaz

“Pure, intense emotions. It’s not about design. It’s about feelings.” – Alber Elbaz

“To be a fashion critic is easy because you just say, ‘I love it, I hate it,’ but life is more than love and hate.” – Alber Elbaz

“We are being accused that some models are anorexic. But we as fashion designers cannot be blamed, because you know, when I talk to women around the world, rich and poor and young and old and intellectual and not, what they want to be is skinny. You ask them, ‘What is your dream?’ It’s to be skinny. That’s all they want.” – Alber Elbaz

“Fashion is about having a fantasy.” – Alber Elbaz

“Elegant is not what you wear, and it’s not about how you wear it, but it’s more about who you are.” – Alber Elbaz

“Run away from laziness; work hard. Touch intuition and listen to the heart, not marketing directors. Dream.” – Alber Elbaz

“Many, many times I find that whatever is looking good on the screen doesn’t always look or feel good on the body. So who do we design for – do we design for the screen, or do we design for women?” – Alber Elbaz

“I’d rather be relevant than cool.” – Alber Elbaz

“I think that the lack of intuition in fashion today is one of the most dangerous things. My fear is that our business is turning into a bag business, and it’s all about the bag. But it’s not only about the bag. It’s about the women. And it’s not about a bag or a shoe or the jewelry. It’s only about women. . . . Being almost politically correct and doing only what you expect without the ability to make mistakes is very dangerous to fashion. We have to go with our heart. We have to go with our intuition.” – Alber Elbaz

“There is always a reason why, and I need to tell the stories.” – Alber Elbaz

“Fashion is instinctive and sensual. Learn to love what you wear. It should feel like eating chocolates…without the calories.” – Alber Elbaz

“I don’t go out to parties because I’d look terrible in pictures. My escape is television – it’s like meditation to me.” – Alber Elbaz

“Almost every collection I do has 200 different references. I don’t have two of the same coat, two of the same dress. I have it in one color, in one fabric. I’ve tried to adapt the culture of couture, and the know-how and the heritage, but I try to update it.” – Alber Elbaz

“In fashion we’re lucky, we make dreams come true.” – Alber Elbaz

“I am not interested in perfection, and neither are the women who wear my clothes.” – Alber Elbaz

“Fashion is not always about what’s new, it’s also about what’s good. And I think if you need to see what’s good, you have to be there.” – Alber Elbaz

“If I wasn’t a designer, I would love to be a doctor. That is my fantasy, my dream. A doctor will give you a tablet if you have a headache, and I will give you a dress, and we both make you feel good.” – Alber Elbaz

“I think that if you want to pass emotion, you have to write a letter. Emotions do not pass in SMS or in e-mail.” – Alber Elbaz