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Brigitte Bardot, a classically trained ballerina, in 1956 came to Rose Repetto asking her to fashion a ballet slipper she could wear on the street, a slipper that would reveal the birth of the toes, et qui dévoile la naissance des orteils, a new kind of cleavage, un genre nouveau de décolleté, for the film she was shooting, Et Dieu Créa a Femme (And God Made Woman), a film that would turn her into an overnight sensation. The ultra simple flat popularized from around the world of ballet continues to suite modern life.

French Lessons: Ballet Flats - a feline, natural style from the toes up.

Long dress
$417 – lagarconne.com

See by Chloé fitted shirt
$255 – stylebop.com

Maje fringe jacket
$418 – net-a-porter.com

Alexander Wang high rise jeans
€575 – shopmrsh.com

Isabel Marant pants
€295 – montaignemarket.com

Repetto ballet flat
$310 – net-a-porter.com

Repetto flat heels
$265 – net-a-porter.com

Jerome Dreyfuss shoulder bag
$715 – otteny.com

Burberry geometric jewelry
$1,495 – burberry.com

Chanel vintage style earrings
$15 – malleries.com

CÉLINE round sunglasses
$336 – matchesfashion.com

Yves saint laurent sunglasses
$325 – net-a-porter.com

H&m sunglasses
£6.99 – hm.com

Judith Leiber Macaron Pillbox, Light Rose
$495 – bergdorfgoodman.com

Swildens Pull court ajouré Vert
€120 – placedestendances.com

You may also enjoy A Woman’s Paris® blog, Ballet Flats in Paris: And God Made Repetto, by Barbara Redmond. What she got from a pair of flats purchased in a ballet store in Paris; a feline, natural style from the toes up; a simple pair of shoes that transformed her whole look.

Paris photo shoot – in search of the perfect Moroccan slipper, by Lisa Rounds, who tells of her adventures in the North African neighborhood of Barbès searching for the perfect slipper in red, of course!

French Lessons: an interview with Parisian choreographer and dancer Johan Amselem, who worked for five years with dancer Laura Scozzi as her choreographic assistant on tour on “Platée”, an opera-ballet produced by Opéra de Paris – Palais Garnier. Johan works with Opéra de Paris on pedagogic programs for schools.

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