former french culture minister calls alber elbaz’s exit from lanvin an “unspeakable injustice”
The Socialist politician Jack Lang says the Israeli designer is a “national treasure” and describes his dismissal as “incomprehensible and shocking."
The departure of Alber Elbaz from Lanvin after 14 successful years at the creative helm has caused controversy since the Israeli designer acknowledged in a statement that the decision was not his, but was instead taken by the majority stakeholder Shaw-Lan Wang.
After staff at Lanvin were told of Alber's exit, they demanded a meeting in Paris with Shaw-Lan Wang, who is based in Taiwan. Since company management dismissed these demands as "Much ado about nothing," staff reportedly sought mediation from the Paris commercial courts.
Now, former French Culture Minister Jack Lang has added his backing to the cause of the workers. The socialist politician says, "To cut the wings of this exceptional talent in this way makes me very sad and angry. I can only share in the fervent wish of the Lanvin employees who are strongly and rightly calling for the return of this great designer," WWD reports.
"This dismissal is an unbearable and unspeakable injustice," Lang continued, adding that, "Talent is not dismissible and our country should be proud of the great Alber Elbaz. He is one of our national treasures. He is an icon and a source of pride to us. We owe him our unfailing support, our respect and our affection."
Lang has reportedly attended a number of Lanvin shows during Elbaz's tenure and is now serving as the president of the Arab World Institute.
Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Mitchell Sams