New York City Ballet
The Emperor's New Tutu's Valentino Dresses Up New York City Ballet
Ballet AND fashion are well-matched partners, especially when the right designer is involved.
Since April, Valentino has been visiting New York City Ballet’s costume department, at the behest of director Peter Martins, who asked him to create costumes for the company’s fall gala. “I don’t think he does anything but on a big scale,” says costume director Marc Happel. Valentino did have to scale back his vision for the ladies ‘hair though: “it became obvious in the fitting that this huge hair was not possible to dance in,” Happel says. “I think he realized it was too much.”