Pieter Mulier, the Belgian fashion designer and creative force behind the legendary house of Alaïa, has brought his impeccable taste and artistry to the world of ballet. Mulier was approached by Bobbi Jene Smith and Or Schraiber, two talented choreographers with a background in the Batsheva Dance Company, to create the costumes for their first ballet at the Paris Opera. The resulting collaboration, entitled Pit, showcases Mulier’s expert use of the iconic materials and design elements that have made Alaïa a household name.

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Mulier’s supple armours are a perfect match for the free movements of the dancers, following the curves and shapes of their bodies with precision and elegance. The costumes not only highlight the fluidity of the dancers’ movements but also celebrate their forms and silhouettes. It’s a collaboration that echoes the history of Alaïa itself – a house that has always combined fashion and creation with art and beauty.

Pieter Mulier was the creative director of Alaïa from 2020 until 2021, before leaving to become the creative director of fashion house Maison Alaïa. During his tenure at the brand, Mulier was tasked with continuing the legacy of the late Azzedine Alaïa, who was renowned for his sculptural designs and attention to detail.

Mulier’s designs for Alaïa drew inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, while also bringing a modern and innovative touch to the collections. He utilized Alaïa’s signature materials such as leather, suede, and knit, and experimented with new techniques such as 3D printing.

With Pit, Smith and Schraiber have created a stunning work of art, brought to life by the breathtaking costumes designed by Mulier. It’s a testament to the power of collaboration and a reminder that when talent comes together, magic can happen.

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