Alber Elbaz Lanvin Book Preview Pictures

A Sneak Peek at Alber Elbaz's Lanvin Book

Alber Elbaz Lanvin Book Preview Pictures

What better way to celebrate Alber Elbaz's 10 years designing for Lanvin than with a gilded coffee-table book?

This month, Steidl will publish Alber Elbaz — Lanvin, a $450 tome filled with quotations from Elbaz and some 400 behind-the-scenes images — shot by photographer But-Sou Lai — of the work he does there.

"When the whole industry is about the six minutes of the show and a review that is being written in a taxi because then there is the next one, I thought, I'm going to show everyone how much effort goes into making a single dress," he told The Independent. "I wanted to show how many threads you have to put together to make one rose; how much thought goes into a button. I wanted to show a shoe in the factory in Italy being held like a baby by an old man and then attached to a machine as if it was going to the dentist."

Elbaz went on to say that he values craft more than fame — something that shows both in his collections and in his book. Take a glimpse of its pages here, in the gallery.

Photo at left: Elbaz with Emma Stone at the 2012 Met Gala. Gallery photos courtesy of Steidl.