Walter Van Beirendonck to design ballet costumes for Paris Opera
Antwerp fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck is to collaborate with the Paris National Opera. He will design the costumes for the dance performance 'Sous Apparence', the first choreography by star dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the fashion website which published the news, Van Beirendonck’s unconventional costumes for twenty dancers will be styled to blur the boundaries between the sexes. This is not Van Beirendonck’s first collaboration with dance companies. In 2003 he designed the costumes for the Flanders Royal Ballet production 'Not Strictly Rubens'. 'Sous apparence' can be seen at the Palais Garnier in Paris from 31 October to 10 November. Van Beirendonck, who completed his studies at the Antwerp Fashion Academy in 1980, is one of the Antwerp Six – Dirk Van Saene, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Marina Yee and Dirk Bikkembergs – who put Antwerp on the map as a fashion capital.