Xavier Dartayre 
Clothilde Grace 


Yes, I am insane…and yes, I like to dress up.

Created by Xavier Dartayre and Clothilde Grace this image series is a contemporary revival of the Bal des Folles, a historical dance event for mental patients at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris that took place in the late 19th century. Reflecting on the social concept of insanity through the ages, this series as who we become when we put on our party outfits. Are we playing a part or surrendering to madness? Are we emphasizing who we want to be, or rejecting who we usually are?


Photography by Xavier Dartayre 
Styling by Clothilde Grace
Calligraphy by Jean-Baptiste Normand 

Party Partners : Caroline Drieu, Cloé Barbier,
Antoine d’Auvergne, Dana Galindo, Hamza Logdali, Garance Jacob, Charlène Wang, Sasha Walter