Designer left covered head-to-toe in bandages after fireplace explosion

Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain fashion house, shared his ordeal for the first time since sustaining severe burns at his home last year

Olivier Rousteing attends the Balmain Homme Menswear Fall / Winter 2018-2019 show (

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A celebrated fashion designer announced that he was badly burned after a fireplace exploded in his home.

Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain fashion house, shared a photo of his entire body and head covered in bandages and scorch marks on his face.

The French designer posted the picture on his Instagram account on Saturday, exactly one year after the incident.

He said he finally felt ready to share his experience. “I’ve been hiding this for too long and it’s time you knew,” he wrote.

“Exactly a year ago the chimney exploded in my house.”

Mr Rousteing shared a photo of his entire body and head, which was covered with bandages and burn marks on his face
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He said he woke up the next day at the Paris Hôpital Saint Louis and has since recovered from his wounds.

He added that he had tried to hide the history of his injuries “from as many people as possible” and had tried “too long” to keep the secret with his teams and friends.

“To be honest, I’m not sure why I was so ashamed, maybe this obsession with perfection that fashion is known for and my own insecurities …” he continued.

Olivier Rousteing and Tina Kunakey at Paris Fashion Week earlier this month
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Instead, he tried to hide his scars “with face masks, turtlenecks, long sleeves and even several rings” in photo shoots and interviews.

A year later, Mr. Rousteing described himself as “cured, happy and healthy” and thanked the medical staff who had treated him, even though he “had to deal with an incredible number of Covid cases at the same time”.

Regarding the Balmain Spring / Summer 2022 show, he said it was “about celebrating the healing over pain and I thank all the models, the productions, my team, the models of my Balmain family, my friends who have come and.” not only supported my 10-year career. ” Balmain, but my rebirth. “

Rousteing on the catwalk of the Balmain Show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall / Winter 2020/2021 on February 28, 2020 in Paris
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He closed the post by writing: “After the storm there is always the sun.”

In his Instagram stories, the designer also shared photos of himself “hiding” in long-sleeved clothing and face masks in the summer and called him the “most difficult summer of my life”.

A year later, Mr. Rousteing described himself as “cured, happy and healthy”.
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At the age of 24, Mr. Rousteing became the youngest and only black creative director in Balmain history.

The designer, who was born in Bordeaux, celebrated a decade at this year’s Fashion Week in the Parisian fashion house with a retrospective of his Balmain designs and his spring 2022 collections for women and men.

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