See the Balmain Costumes for Paris Opéra Ballet in Motion

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.

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Go Behind the Scenes of USC Kaufman’s Virtual Dance Festival

Now more than ever, the students of USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance are embodying their program's vision: "The New Movement."

As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, the dance world continues to be faced with unprecedented challenges, but USC Kaufman's faculty and BFA students haven't shied away from them. While many schools have had to cancel events or scale them back to live-from-my-living-room streams, USC Kaufman has embraced the situation and taken on impressive endeavors, like expanding its online recruitment efforts.

November 1 to 13, USC Kaufman will present A/Part To/Gather, a virtual festival featuring world premieres from esteemed faculty and guest choreographers, student dance films and much more. All semester long, they've rehearsed via Zoom from their respective student apartments or hometowns. And they haven't solely been dancing. "You have a rehearsal process, and then a filming process, and a production process of putting it together," says assistant professor of practice Jennifer McQuiston Lott of the prerecorded and professionally edited festival.

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