Tuesday 16th May

| BY Finn Blythe

Olivier Rousteing Designs Costumes For Paris Opera


Exciting news received this AM – Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s baby-faced Creative Director, is set to design costumes for the Paris Opera. Costumes that are not actually, as the first statement might suggest, for an opera – rather, an upcoming ballet that will be held at city’s famed opera house. And, whilst waifs in tutus and hunks in tights aren’t a million miles away from Balmain’s runway outre, Mr Rousteing also comes to the project with personal experience – he’s a lifelong ballet fan and former dancer who took classic ballet classes as a junior. History is also on Mr Rousteing’s side – Pierre Balmain himself designed costumes for Paris Opera in the 1950s, many of which were worn by legendary prima ballerina Yvette Chauviré. For the project, Rousteing will be teaming up with dancer/choreographer/pal Sébastien Bertaud, the pair tasked with outfitting a four-part ballet called “Renaissance,” performed at the Paris Opera from June 13 to 18. Speaking ahead of the project Olivier said: “today classical dance is gaining more visibility. Increasingly, fashion is tapping into the dance universe. A lot of fashion shows take place these days at Opera Garnier and I get the feeling that the new contemporary approaches to classical dance are resonating with our generation.”

Photograph by Jason Lloyd-Evans