The creative director of the French fashion house Balmain, Olivier Rousteing, has revealed extensive burns he sustained last year when the explosion of his fireplace left him in hospital.
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The photo on his Instagram feed taken shortly after the incident shows his entire upper body bandaged and burning on his face and carried the message: “I finally feel ready to share this.”
The designer, who has just celebrated 10 years in charge of Balmain’s collections, wrote late last Saturday in his post that he had woken up in hospital a year ago the morning after his fireplace in the home exploded.
He thanked the staff at Paris’ Saint-Louis Hospital for their care in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and said he had only told friends and his fashion team about his injuries.
“To be honest, I’m not really sure why I was so ashamed, maybe this obsession with perfection that fashion is known for and my own insecurity,” he said.
In a follow-up message on Sunday, he posted a video from his latest 10-year anniversary show and wrote: “I remember when they took all my bandages out, it felt FREEDOM”.
For his anniversary show, the designer sent models down the catwalk in long pants covering his ankles and sticky dresses made of strips of fabric that wrapped around his body and crossed his chest like bandages, some hanging.
Named Balmain’s creative director at the age of just 25, Rousteing has become an international fashion star and close to celebrities, including the Kardashian-Jenner clan and singer Beyoncé, who recorded a message played at the anniversary exhibition.
Rousteing’s Instagram post drew messages of sympathy from Kim Kardashian, Donatella Versace and Cindy Crawford.
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(Reporting by Mimosa Spencer, Michaela Cabrera and Gus Trompiz; editing by Jason Neely)
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