The San Francisco Ballet, in collaboration with Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury, is organizing a fundraising event and a show during which the dancers will wear Maison Rabih Kayrouz’s latest creations.

Rabih Kayrouz is passionate about movement. He has always collaborated with dancers for when creating his runway shows, in fact, the star dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet, Marie-Agnès Gillot, is one of his muses. When, in 2020, just after the first lockdown, he was approached to dress the dancers of the San Francisco Ballet as part of a fundraiser for the institution, the Lebanese couturier was unsurprisingly enthusiastic about the project. The event was organized in collaboration with Sam Malouf, head of Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury, a family-run luxury retail store for men and women located on the charming Burlingame Avenue, California.

But the pandemic decided otherwise, and the event was postponed to March 30, 2022. Mathilde Froustey of the San Francisco ballet, a former dancer of the Paris Opera, will be one of the stars of the upcoming show. Several pieces from Maison Rabih Kayrouz’s recent collections will be worn by the dancers, notably pieces from his Fall/Winter and Spring /Summer 2022 collections, as well as from Couture 2022. The show will also include retrospective pieces by Kayrouz illustrating his twenty-year career, in total, there will be 30 to 40 looks on the runway.

Fashion, art and life

“It’s really the movement that inspires me,” says Kayrouz, whose fashion house is one of the sixteen member institutions of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. “People walking in the street, people dancing…. all gestures, all body movements inspire me”. “Ballet and fashion, fashion and movement, and movement and ballet are undeniably linked,” said Rhonda Mahendroo, president of the San Francisco Ballet’s auxiliary fashion show, adding: “Maison Rabih Kayrouz exemplifies the interconnectivity of fashion, art and life”.

Proceeds from the event will go toward a wide range of San Francisco Ballet initiatives, including new works, scholarships for San Francisco Ballet School students, and community outreach programs.

It should be noted that the San Francisco Ballet has a long history of collaborations with the world of fashion, and that this show is 41st the institution has produced.

A private breakfast and trunkshow will also take place at Sam Malouf’s boutique on March 31. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the San Francisco Ballet.