Fabrica, the research center of the Benetton Group, accepted the invitation from Galerie de l'Opéra de ParisThe boutique in the heart of the Palais Garnier, for the design of a line of merchandise including notebooks, pencils, erasers and a bag for ballet shoes.
Designed by Portuguese designer Catarina CarreirasThe collection pays tribute to some of the top dancers of ballet history, but it is also a tribute to the modernity of this prestigious French institution.
Modern graphic motifs that bring to mind the ornamental opulence of the theater's interiors, blend with historical details, celebrating its past and its great tradition. The portraits of dancers recall the frescoes painted by the French artist Gustave Boulanger for the Foyer della Danza, one of the rooms inside the theater. The dancers are Marie-Therese de Subligny, one of the first professional dancers at the Opéra (1690), Marie-Madeleine Guimard, star of the Opéra for 25 years (1792) e Fanny Elssler, A famous Austrian dancer of the Romantic period (1834).
The skilful use of colors - silver gray in contrast with a bright pink - and patterns, such as polka dots and stripes, spreads from one object to another, but each with its own distinctive details. In this way, each product is one of a kind, but still part of a group, just like the corps de ballet of the Opéra National de Paris.
The collection will be on sale at the Galerie de l'Opéra de Paris from February 2013.