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Alber Elbaz will become a doctor tomorrow when he receives an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in an official ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall. The Lanvin creative director will follow in the footsteps of designers like Miuccia Prada, Vivienne Westwood and Giorgio Armani, who have all received recognition from the prestigious school.
It's yet another string to add to the Morocco-born designer's bow. After positions with Yves Saint Laurent and Guy Laroche, Elbaz took the helm at Lanvin in 2001, shaking up the codes of the century-old house and pushing it into profit for the first time in decades.
Elbaz also spearheaded a sell-out collection with H&M in 2010 and became the official tailor to Arsenal FC last year. And he's not averse to a little fun, either: he made a now-legendary cameo in the French house's viral AW11 campaign video, which saw Elbaz shaking it alongside Raquel Zimmerman and Karen Elson in time to Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me". We're sure he'll have a similar spring in his step when he collects his doctorate.
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