Balmain’s Costumes for The Paris Opéra are All About Glamour
Just a few weeks after announcing his collaboration with the Paris Opéra, Olivier Rousteing shared some of the designs on Instagram. The ambitious young designer is taking the fashion brand Balmain to a whole new level. The 32-year-old Rousteing is one of the greatest fashion wunderkinds, who has an impeccable taste in art and glamor.
Olivier was invited to design for the Opéra by Sébastien Bertaud, who is a choreographer and a huge admirer of Rousteing’s work. The costumes are going to be showcased for the first time during the choreographer’s new ballet called “Renaissance”. The premiere of the show is scheduled for June 13 at Palais Garnier, but luckily Olivier already gave everyone a sneak peek. Sébastien is a big fan of what Rousteing does, and how he managed to bring so much modernity into such a luxury fashion brand. In his ballet show, unlike the others, the female ballerinas have a very important role. This is very similar to how Olivier celebrates powerful and strong women, and this is another factor that influenced Sébastien’s decision.
“I wanted to propose a ballet of today,” he says. “As a choreographer, I feel the responsibility to make choices that push our own identity into the future. I was wondering which designer could be the next one for this amazing institution – and for me, Olivier was the only one. This wonderful company is, in a way, like a classical army. It’s all about this new generation, new energy.”- Bertaud says.
Balmain is one of the many fashion houses that has designed for this powerful institution. The biggest French designers of all times such as Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Coco Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent have previously designed magnificent costumes for the Opéra. Even Pierre Balmain, the founder of the eponymous fashion brand had the honor to do the same thing. Olivier admires this collaboration and hopes that he will be an inspiration for young designers in the future.
“I think what you feel in these clothes is that it’s really couture, which for me was important. When you have the chance to sketch for the Opéra de Paris, you know that there may be a young designer in 30 or 40 years who will be like, ‘Oh, that was Balmain!’ It’s what I feel today when I see the Christian Lacroix costumes”- says Rousteing.
The most important thing for the successful designer was to create costumes that are going to depict the style of the Opéra and be comfortable for the dancers at the same time. The fashion-forward style with an overflow of pearls and embellishments, recognizable for Rousteing, is perfectly implemented in the costumes. Olivier says that he really enjoyed working with all of the 22 dancers.
From what Olivier shared so far you can see that the designs are all about glamor and luxury, the things that Olivier loves. All of the designs are in a soft nude color and feature a lot of pearls, crystals, beads, and sequins. The female dancers are dressed in amazing long-sleeved embellished leotards and cropped jackets. The males are dressed in sparkling tights that match the leotards of the ladies. They also have matching shiny jackets.
The costumes really resemble Balmain’s Autumn Collection from 2012. At that time Fabergé eggs were the main inspiration for the young designer. The designs had to be adjusted to the dancers’ needs so that they don’t impact their movements. Olivier and the dancers had to meet halfway. He had to come up with designs that are lighter than his usual ones. The dancers, on the other hand, will have to wear costumes that weight a bit more than what they are used to. Although some of the designs are heavy, Bertaud and his dancers will train even harder to make everything work. He says that he really respects what Rousteing does, and he doesn’t want to limit his creativity. There are compromises from both sides, but the end result will definitely be breath-taking.