​olivier rousteing: diversity is the future of fashion

The Balmain Creative Director has spoken about his experience of diversity, saying it is something he will always fight for.

by Charlotte Gush
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05 October 2015, 3:24pm

"I'm the Creative Director of Balmain, but my start was not so successful," Olivier Rousteing says in a new interview with CNN. The 30 year old French fashion designer was adopted at the age of one, and says, "my parents are white, and they chose me — I think it's a beautiful act of love".

"I realised I was different when I was 11 years old, and from this moment I said, 'I'm going to fight for diversity'," he says, calling it the "most important topic". "I really hope that in a way I'm changing some mentalities," he adds, explaining, "I'm a black designer in a really traditional and luxury old house; I think it's a really positive message".

Rousteing says, "The aesthetic of my clothes is really important, but the aesthetic of world, of the vision that I have — of this diversity that I want to push — it's way stronger than my collection. I want to dress different girls, different women; in the casting — the models, in my front row". "I would love that fashion push also those boundaries," he adds, "Diversity should be a topic for all the creative people. It's the future of fashion, it's part of me, and something that I will always fight for."