Opera ballet

Balmain draws for the dancers of the Paris Opera

In case you left the world of ballet behind when you returned your childhood tutu, it’s time to reconnect. Ballet and fashion are in the midst of a very stylish rendezvous and the latest label to hit the stage is none other than Kardashian-Jenner favorite Balmain.

The label’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing, is probably better associated with Beyoncé than with ballet, but that could soon change. Although the designer is best known for dressing the Hadids, Jenners and Kardashians – aka Balmain Army – his latest client is none other than the Paris Opera. As WWD reports, the creator will equip a troupe led by dancer and choreographer Sébastien Bertaud for a next piece entitled “Renaissance” next June. “My ambition is to create a classical ballet for today, so the idea was to be able to continue to exploit this DNA while looking to the future,” said Bertaud in an interview with WWD. “For me, Olivier was the only person today who shares the same approach of innovating while respecting traditional techniques.”

The move gives Balmain some serious cultural capital — not only is Rousteing the master of red carpets and enviable street-style shots, but the brand can now hold its court in one of style’s oldest realms. Fortunately, the designer is equally at home in both worlds. “Obviously, I love the world of pop, but for me, it all comes down to ballet. I’ve been fascinated by it since I was a kid,” Rousteing said. WWD. “With the universe of the Opera, we are opening a new sector and a new era for Balmain. It is a very good validation of my style and a way of showing that we can remain international while being very Parisian.”

Rousteing is obviously onto something. Fashion and ballet are natural dance partners – when you think about it, both art forms revolve around how the human body can move. “When you’re dressing someone like Beyoncé, you have to understand every dance move she does every minute of her show,” Rousteing said. “When you learn to work with Sébastien and the principal dancers, it’s more or less the same process but you learn different movements.”