Elisabeth and Christophe Ridet began their careers as professional dancers, Elisabeth pirouetting her way through Jeune Ballet de France and landing on the prestigious stages of Monte Carlo Ballet. Meanwhile, Christophe was taking his turn at Ballet Theatre du Silence and Ballet de Tours, eventually finding his way to Monte Carlo Ballet. Boy meets girl, girl twirls…. and voilà ! It was l’amour at first sight when Elisabeth waltzed straight into Christophe’s heart.
Soon, Christophe began creating custom dance wear for the ballet company and their personal partnership blossomed into something more. What started as a way to costume his beloved ballerina quickly became a burgeoning business for the dedicated couple. Orders flooded in and by 1992, Christophe retired from dancing to focus his talents exclusively on dance wear and Wear Moi was officially formed. With nothing but a sewing machine and the promise of good coffee, the boy followed his muse to Pacific Northwest Ballet in search of the American Dream. The pair flourished as dance and business intertwined, leading them to London, Berlin, and ultimately back to France. One DIY wedding dress, two children, and many glossy catalogues later, the couple chose to make a life and home in Chicago. And the rest, as they say, is histoire.
We don’t mean to brag, but it takes a certain je ne sais quoi to create a global brand. Passion? Naturally. Innovation? Bien sûr. Look around. Whatever your tastes, you’ll find a complete line of dance wear and accessories to choose from. Women and girls, men and boys will find everything from leotards and tights to custom pointe shoes, slippers, warm up attire, under garments, active wear, and much more. No wonder some of the world’s greatest dancers choose Wear Moi. Each new collection displays daring design, elegance, grace, and unmatched beauty with extraordinary value. Expert craftsmanship coupled with that special touch of finesse has earned Wear Moi a reputation for excellence and a devoted following worldwide. Whether on line or in person, you can be assured you’ll be met with flawless fit and the confidence that only a charming French accent can bring.
Why not? After all, Christophe and Elisabeth have a unique understanding of the special clothing requirements for dancers. They know what it takes to find the perfect level of comfort and performance. And their commitment is unparalleled. From English National Ballet where she once danced for a princess named Diana, to Berlin where she made the decision to resign as principal ballerina at the pinnacle of her career - that’s how much Elisabeth believed in the vision of Wear Moi. Combining extraordinary design with exceptional functionality, Wear Moi has been providing exclusive dance wear and costuming for professional ballet companies all over the world for over 25 years.
Christophe has even had his talented hands on costumes for some of your favorite musical productions in the U.S. and abroad, including Saturday Night Fever and fittingly, Chicago. Plus Madame Tussaud’s. Disneyland Paris. Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Entre nous, that’s quite a pedigree.
And here we are, mesdames et messieurs. From an ambitious idea to a legacy of artistry, Elisabeth and Christophe are still the wide-eyed dreamers they were when their story began.
Still dancing together in a seamless pas de deux with the same level of care and precision they’ve always had... for YOU.