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18 May

Balmain Ballerinas Are About To Take Over The Paris Opera

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20:  (L-R) Models Dudley O'Shaughnessy, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, and Jourdan Dunn pose with the Creative Director of Balmain Olivier Rousteing (C) at the BALMAIN X H&M Collection Launch at 23 Wall Street on October 20, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for H&M)

Olivier Rousteing may be most-known for dressing his army of It models and Kardashian/Jenner family members, but the Balmain designer is about to cater to an entirely new clientele: ballet dancers.

Rousteing has been tapped by dancer and choreographer Sébastien Bertaud to design costumes for an upcoming ballet at the Paris Opera. According to WWD, the Balmain costumes will be worn in “Renaissance,” a four-piece ballet performed by up-and-coming dancers.

“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. Obviously I love the world of pop, but for me, it all goes back to classical dance. I’ve been fascinated with it since I was a child,” Rousteing told WWD.

The collaboration marks a shift back to traditional Parisian roots for both the fashion house and Rousteing, who’ve been focused on pop culture, celebrity and Instagram in past seasons.

Rousteing shared a sneak-peek at the Balmain costumes on Instagram:

North West leaving ballet class in Balmain
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North West leaving ballet class in Balmain / Splash
Hannah Kim
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