We've been anxiously awaiting a first look at the Balmain designs for Paris Opéra Ballet since the iconic French fashion house was first announced to be collaborating with the equally iconic company last month. Commissioned by choreographer Sébastien Bertaud to design for his upcoming ballet, Renaissance, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing designed costumes for the 22 dancers featured in Bertaud's 27-minute ballet.
Luckily for those of us who can't make it to the Palais Garnier for Renaissance's premiere on June 13, Rousteing and Bertaud shared a sneak peek of the dancers rehearsing in their couture costumes. Echoing his red carpet designs for It models like Jourdan Dunn and Kendall Jenner, Rousteing's costumes include silver and gold sequin, pearl and crystal embellishments—this time covering beige-nude leotards and tights as opposed to gowns.
"Designing for the rigors and techniques of classical dance was a new challenge for me and my team—but it is one that we very much enjoyed facing," Rousteing said in a press statement. "As someone who has always been fascinated by the beauty and power of dance, this project was a joy to work on; giving me the unique opportunity to learn from and share ideas with a group of incredibly talented artists and craftsmen for whom nothing seems to be impossible."
Though they're no doubt heavier than your average ballet costume, they're every bit as glamorous as we were hoping they'd be. Plus, we can't wait to see how all of those sequins and rhinestones sparkle once the lights hit them on stage.