Balmain's Creative Director Olivier Rousteing has confirmed that he will be designing costumes for a ballet performance at the Paris Opera. Designed in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Sébastien Bertaud for the dance piece "Renaissance", the collection signals a new direction for Balmain's artistic vision.

Commenting on the new project, Rousteing told WWD: "With the world of the Opera, we are opening up a new sector and a new era for Balmain. It's a really nice validation of my style and a way of showing you can remain international even while being very Parisian. To be honest, I was really surprised and moved because, for me, this goes beyond designing clothes for the opera. This project really represents French heritage."

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As part of the creative partnership, Bertaud also revealed that he used Rousteing's ideas as inspiration for choreography. "I used drawings that Olivier made – for example, embroidery patterns – and I tried to transcribe them into dance movements and to place groups of dancers like human chains that would echo Olivier's sketches," Bertaud told WWD. "For me, Olivier was the only person today who shares the same approach of innovating while respecting traditional technique," he continued.

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