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Alber Elbaz lifting lid on Lanvin design process

books Updated: Nov 09, 2011 06:16 IST

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Alber Elbaz has revealed he's writing his first book, scheduled for release early 2012.

The Lanvin creative director has been working on a 700-page tome, which will be a comprehensive guide to the design and production methods required to create a fashion collection.

Los Angeles Times broke the news on November 6, after the Moroccan-born Israeli creator told journalist Booth Moore the tome will be published by international photobook publisher Steidl.

He also explained that the first few pages of the book will be blank to evoke his daily creative process.

"That is how I start every day," he divulged.

Elbaz became artistic director of French fashion house Lanvin in October 2001, achieving praise for his simple, feminine collections. The designer's upcoming book follows a growing trend for fashion houses to "open" the doors to their design methods.

Just last month Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) ran a series of European artisan workshops, ateliers, and vineyards for two days. The luxury conglomerate allowed the public to see what goes on behind the doors at some of its most iconic labels, which include fashion houses Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Dior and jewelry makers De Beers and Chaumet.

Another company to have lifted the lid on manufacturing is Gucci, which in 2010 toured the world with its Artisan project, which showcased production methods.

Meanwhile, in October high-end shoe label Jimmy Choo released a limited edition

coffee table book

charting its road to success and marking 15 years in fashion.