Chanel Costumes the Opening Gala of the Opéra national de Paris 2021 Dance Season | Source: Chanel

Inside the Paris Opera Ballet’s Opening Gala With Chanel

After being viewed virtually last year, crowds returned to see the exclusive opening gala of the Opéra National de Paris on September 24.

Regarded as one of the most anticipated and prestigious events in Paris, the Paris Opera Ballet’s opening gala saw the return of crowds, ballerinas and the event’s long term patron, Chanel, to the stunning Palais Garnier.

As per tradition, the event saw the ‘défilé du ballet’ where all of the Paris Opera Ballet’s pupils and prima ballerinas came out onto the stage. This was followed by two works titled Breakwater by Damien Jalet and Clouds Inside by Tess Voelker.

In collaboration with the Opera’s ateliers, Chanel dressed ten Étoile dancers in sparkling tiaras, silk corsets and tulle tutus.

The luxury French fashion powerhouse also designed the decor of Palais Garnier’s Grand Staircase with no shortage of satin ribbons.

The Paris Opera Ballet is France’s oldest ballet company and has been headed by the director of dance Aurélie Dupont since 2016.

The House of Chanel is everlasting, like the Paris Opera. We both want to preserve our heritage: a taste for beauty and grace.

Aurélie Dupont Director of Dance for The Paris Opera

Chanel first showed its support for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1913 when Coco Chanel designed costumes for Serge Diaghilev’s The Rite of Spring.

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