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By celebrating where we come from, we can clearly see where we are headed.” That phrase, pulled from the first line of Balmain’s own definition of its singular DNA, is key to understanding both the historic Paris fashion house and the outlook of its groundbreaking Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing. L’Atelier Balmain podcast explores key themes and compelling stories of this 75-year-old house, with insights from Rousteing and members of his team helping make clear how each and every Balmain runway builds upon an incredible legacy. 
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By celebrating where we come from, we can clearly see where we are headed.” That phrase, pulled from the first line of Balmain’s own definition of its singular DNA, is key to understanding both the historic Paris fashion house and the outlook of its groundbreaking Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing. L’Atelier Balmain podcast explores key themes and compelling stories of this 75-year-old house, with insights from Rousteing and members of his team helping make clear how each and every Balmain runway builds upon an incredible legacy. 
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    A New French Style, Part 4: Horst, Gruau and Iconic Balmain Images

    A New French Style, Part 4: Horst, Gruau and Iconic Balmain Images

    We start this episode with an examination of an iconic 20th-Century photograph: the black-and-white image of Gertrude Stein, seated in Pierre Balmain’s showroom, which was captured by the fashion photographer Horst for Vogue in 1946.
    Maira Kalman, the celebrated author, illustrator and designer explains why she chose to recently paint her own version of this legendary image for her recent edition of “The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas.” Susanna Brown, who has curated some of  the most impressive fashion photography exhibits at London’s V&A museum also joins the podcast to discuss that image, as well as some of the other photos that came out of that now-legendary Horst session for Vogue. Few people know more about Horst than Brown, who edited the V&A’s beautiful book on Horst and curated the museum’s 2014 show "Horst: Photographer of Style" —an international touring exhibit that showcased over 250 images drawn from Horst’s six-decade career. Brown expertly guides us through Horst’s fascinating life and career, explaining what makes the photographer’s work stand apart. She also discusses another of her favorite Horst-Balmain shootings, from among the many which took place over Horst’s long career at Vogue. Lynn Yaeger closes the episode’s discussion, with insights on why fashion magazines evolved from using mid-century illustrators,(like Gruau, who had a long history with Balmain) to today’s near-total dependence on photos.
    This is the fourth of four l’Atelier Balmain episodes exploring the house’s first collection. Underlining how that first show introduced what Alice B Toklas defined as a “New French Style,” the four podcasts focus on Pierre Balmain's astounding success in overcoming the extremely difficult conditions, while also placing the spotlight on some of the many fashion and cultural icons who were part of the house’s earliest days and helped guarantee the success of the Paris fashion world’s first post-war star, Pierre Balmain.
     
    The inherent joy of the legendary Horst photo of Stein seated in the Balmain showroom—this is an image that Kalman perfectly sums up as being one of “sheer giddy delight”—matched that of the young Pierre Balmain at this same moment. With the long war years finally over and his daring audacious gamble of his first collection having paid off, Pierre Balmain was sure that a better future lay ahead. That early house spirit was recently channeled by Olivier Rousteing for his Spring 2021 collection, with its focus on the beauty of travel and the message that better days lie ahead, soon, for all of us. 
     
    Balmain Creative Director: Olivier Rousteing
    Special Podcast Guest: Susanna Brown
    Special Podcast Guest: Maira Kalman
    Special Podcast Guest: Lynn Yaeger
    Music: “Fleur de Paris” by Josephine Baker
    Additional Music: Jean-Michel Derain
    Episode Direction and Production: Seb Lascoux
    Balmain Historian: Julia Guillon
    Episode Coordination: Alya Nazaraly
    Research Assistance: Fatoumata Conte and Pénélope André
    Digital Coordination/Graphic Identity: Jeremy Mace
    Episode researched, written and presented by John Gilligan
     
    To explore further:
    The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas by Gertrude Stein, Illustrated by Maira Kalman (Penguin 2020)
    Horst Photographer Of Style; Susanna Brown (Victoria and Albert Museum)
    Pierre Balmain’s Autobiography: My Years and Seasons, Doubleday, 1965
     
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    This Episode’s Music:
    Balmain’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, makes very clear—collection after collection—that he believes that fashion can never be separated from music. Inspired by Rousteing, each l’Atelier Balmain podcast carefully selects artists and music that reflect and strengthen the story being told.
     
    For this episode, we once again rely on a classic from Josephine Baker, who had a

    • 48 min
    A New French Style, Part 3: Beaton, Society and Balmain

    A New French Style, Part 3: Beaton, Society and Balmain

    Seated in the front row of the first Balmain show, alongside his friends Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, was the fascinating English Renaissance man, Cecil Beaton. The author and film director Lisa Immordino-Vreeland joins this episode of l’Atelier Balmain to discuss the fascinating life and work of Beaton. Immordino Vreeland, known for her prizewinning documentaries about some of the 20th-Century’s most talented forces in art, creation and fashion, recently focused on Beaton for her third film and second book—both titled Love Cecil—and she shares insights on his life, philosophy and creations with the podcast.
     
    From the moment he saw his first Balmain designs, Cecil Beaton began forming an important connection to the house—in fact, almost immediately after that premiere show, Beaton began to promote the young Pierre Balmain to key members of London and Paris society. Lynn Yaeger returns to the podcast to discuss some of the English, French and American aristocratic and upper-class personalities who were quick to adopt Balmain’s fresh, feminine silhouette—and, just as one might expect, Yaeger is also happy to share the scandals and background stories connected to each of those colorful personalities.
     
    While we explore how post-war society was quick to embrace Balmain, we also highlight how Olivier Rousteing cleverly appropriates society’s codes and signatures for today’s modern vision of luxury and class that speaks to our age — and the young, diverse and inclusive Balmain Army that Olivier Rousteing designs for today.
     
    This is the third of four l’Atelier Balmain episodes exploring the house’s first collection. Underlining how that first Balmain show introduced what Alice B Toklas defined as a “New French Style,” the four podcasts focus on Pierre Balmain's astounding success in overcoming the extremely difficult conditions, while also placing the spotlight on some of the many fashion and cultural icons who were part of the house’s earliest days and helped guarantee the success of the Paris fashion world’s first post-war star, Pierre Balmain.
     
     
    Balmain Creative Director: Olivier Rousteing
    Special Podcast Guest: Lisa Immordino Vreeland
    Special Podcast Guest: Lynn Yaeger
    Music: Echoes of France (La Marseillaise) by Django Reinhardt
    Additional Music: Jean-Michel Derain
    Episode Direction and Production: Seb Lascoux
    Balmain Historian: Julia Guillon
    Episode Coordination: Alya Nazaraly
    Research Assistance: Fatoumata Conte and Pénélope André
    Digital Coordination/Graphic Identity: Jeremy Macé
    Episode researched, written and presented by John Gilligan
     
    To explore further:
    Love, Cecil—the documentary film and book by Lisa Immordino Vreeland (Film: Zeitgeist Films, 2017; Book: Abrams, 2017)
    Pierre Balmain’s Autobiography: My Years and Seasons, Doubleday, 1965
     
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    This Episode’s Music:
    Balmain’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, makes very clear—collection after collection—that he believes that fashion can never be separated from music. Inspired by Rousteing, each l’Atelier Balmain podcast carefully selects artists and music that reflect and strengthen the story being told.
     
    For this podcast, we turn to the beautiful jazz of Django Reinhardt, playing one of his most moving creations throughout the episode. Jean Reinhardt—known to all by his Romani nickname Django—was France’s first major jazz artist—and, for many critics, he is simply Europe’s greatest jazz talent, ever. Two of his hits bookend the dark years of France’s occupation. The first, “Nuages” (Clouds), is one of his most famous compositions. Written after France’s defeat in 1940, it became for many a sort of unofficial Parisian anthem, signifying hopes for eventual freedom and liberation. Reinhardt, unlike many Romani, somehow ma

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    A New French Style, Part 2: Gertrude, Alice and Pierre

    A New French Style, Part 2: Gertrude, Alice and Pierre

    Maira Kalman, the celebrated author, illustrator and designer joins the l’Atelier Balmain podcast for episode four. Kalman who oversaw 2020’s critically praised and colorful re-edition of Gertrude Stein’s best-selling “Autobiography of Alice B Toklas,” discusses the incredible literary and artistic legacy of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas. Pierre Balmain shared a deep friendship with the couple, and he was very devoted to his pair of “American Mothers”—which is why Gertrude Stein, Alice B Toklas, along with their famous white poodle, Basket, were seated front and center at Pierre Balmain’s first show.
     
    This is the second of four episodes concentrating on the fascinating moments and personalities that played a part in the incredible story of the 1945 birth of the house of Balmain. The group of four episodes, taking its name from Alice B Toklas’ famous summation of Pierre Balmain’s first collection—A New French Style—turns to some of today’s leading writers, documentary film makers, museum curators and fashion writers for unique insights on Paris post-war style and challenges, Pierre Balmain’s fresh new style, iconic images of Balmain designs and some of the legendary personalities seated in the front row of that first house presentation.
     
    At each step, we’ll also make clear how Olivier Rousteing continues to build upon the firm foundations that Pierre Balmain established, 75 years ago.
     
    Balmain Creative Director: Olivier Rousteing
    Special Podcast Guest: Maira Kalman
    Music:  J’ai Deux Amours — Josephine Baker
    Additional Music: Jean-Michel Derain
    Episode Direction and Production: Seb Lascoux
    Balmain Historian: Julia Guillon
    Episode Coordination: Alya Nazaraly
    Research Assistance: Fatoumata Conte and Pénélope André
    Digital Coordination/Graphic Identity: Jeremy Mace
    Episode researched, written and presented by John Gilligan
     
    To explore further:
    The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas; By Gertrude Stein, Illustrated by Maira Kalman (Penguin 2020)
    Pierre Balmain’s Autobiography: My Years and Seasons (Doubleday, 1965)
     
    This Episode’s Music:
    Balmain’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, makes clear—collection after collection—that he believes that fashion can never be separated from music. Inspired by Rousteing, each l’Atelier Balmain podcast carefully selects artists and music that reflect and strengthen the story being told.
     
    And, for an episode concentrating on some of the many amazing expatriates who transformed both the life of Paris and the history of art—what could be a more perfect song that the classic 'J'ai Deux Amours' from Josephine Baker?
     
    Josephine Baker, immortalized by Picasso and described by Ernest Hemingway as "the most sensational woman anyone ever saw,” led an amazing life of art, resistance and engagement—and the house of Balmain is incredibly proud of its long association with the French legend.
     
    Baker—born Freda Josephine McDonald in East Saint Louis—first sang this love song to her adopted home of Paris in the ‘30s, and she sang many versions of it over the many following decades.
    Most versions being with the lines: “On dit qu'au-delà des mers. Là-bas sous le ciel clair. Il existe une cité. Au séjour enchanté. Et sous les grands arbres noirs. Chaque soir. Vers elle s'en va tout mon espoir. " ("They say that beyond the seas. Over there under the clear sky. There is a city. In the enchanted land. And under the great black trees. Every evening. All my hope goes towards her.") This city, beyond the seas, is the city of light that welcomed and embraced Josephine Baker—as well as so many other refuges, artists and intellectuals—drawn to creativity and freedom that helped set Paris apart during the era of Josephine, Alice, Gertrude and all those amazing talents who visited that famous salon on rue de Fleu

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    A New French Style, Part 1: The Miracle

    A New French Style, Part 1: The Miracle

    75 years ago, Pierre Balmain presented the very first collection of his newly established eponymous house—and that brief fashion moment, which highlighted just a few dozen designs, helped to introduce a new, golden age of post-war Parisian couture, while also establishing the firm foundations that the house of Balmain continues to build upon today. 
    Decades later, Monsieur Balmain summed up that defining initial moment as "a miracle” —and, the truth is, everything about that very first Balmain presentation does seem almost as unbelievable as the plot line of the typical Hollywood feature film. It definitely pulls together the expected, clichéd ingredients of a blockbuster—there’s the young hero facing daunting odds, an incredibly challenging environment, a colorful cast of characters—and, of course, at the very end, an astounding and inspiring final victory.
    This two-part L’Atelier Balmain podcast explores in detail the house’s first collection, with Episode Three focusing on Pierre Balmain's success in overcoming the extremely difficult conditions of post-war Paris and Episode Four placing the spotlight directly on some of the many fashion and cultural icons who attended that first show, praised the collection and helped guarantee the success of one of the Paris fashion world’s biggest post-war stars—Pierre Balmain—and his eponymous house.
    Balmain Creative Director : Olivier Rousteing
    Music : "Fleur de Paris" by Maurice Chevalier
    Additional music : Jean-Michel Derain
    Episode Directed and Produced by : Seb Lascoux
    Balmain Historian : Julia Guillon
    Episode Coordination : Alya Nazaraly
    Research Assistance : Fatoumata Conte
    Digital Coordination/Graphic Identity : Jeremy Mace
    Episode researched, written and presented by : John Gilligan

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    • 49 min
    A Singular Heritage

    A Singular Heritage

    From a musical péniche gliding through the center of Paris to under-the-star runways dedicated to virtual show attendees, Olivier Rousteing has overseen a series of innovative solutions, in order to present his vision of Balmain’s distinctive optimism and heritage during 2020’s long months of lockdowns and worries. This second episode of l’Atelier Balmain explores Olivier Rousteing’s dedication to adapting Pierre Balmain impressive legacy for today’s generation.
    Balmain Creative Director: Olivier Rousteing 
    Music: “Noir” by Yseult - Artist: Yseult Composers: Yseult, Ziggy Franzen, Romain Descampe Label: Believe Music (on behalf of naïve/Y.Y.Y); Sony ATV Publishing, and 1 Music Rights Societies
    Additional music: Jean-Michel Derain
    Episode Directed and Produced by: Seb Lascoux
    Balmain Historian: Julia Guillon
    Episode Coordination: Alya Nazaraly
    Research Assistance: Fatoumata Conte
    Digital Coordination/Graphic Identity: Jeremy Macé
    Episode researched, written and presented by: John Gilligan
    To explore further:
    Pierre Balmain’s Autobiography: My Years and Seasons, Doubleday, 1965

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    • 40 min
    How Ya Going To Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)

    How Ya Going To Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)

    For our first L’Atelier Balmain episode, we explore the pre-Balmain histories of two of the 75-year-old house’s best-known designers: the founder Pierre Balmain and the current Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing. Although both men were originally “provincials,” as they moved forward on their distinct pathways to Balmain and the French capital, each converted himself into a true Parisian. 
    Balmain Creative Director: Olivier Rousteing 
    Music:
    Marseillaise 
    "How You Gonna Keep Them Down On The Farm After They’ve Seen Paree?" by Eddie Cantor 
    Extrait : INA broadcasts of Pierre Balmain
    Additional music: Jean-Michel Derain
    Episode Directed and Produced by: Seb Lascoux
    Balmain Historian: Julia Guillon
    Episode Coordination: Alya Nazaraly
    Research Assistance: Fatoumata Conte
    Digital Coordination/Graphic Identity: Jeremy Mace
    Episode researched, written and presented by: John Gilligan
    To explore further:
    Pierre Balmain’s Autobiography: My Years and Seasons, Doubleday, 1965

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