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{style} Valentino Creates Costumes for the New York City Ballet

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Mr. Valentino in the fitting room with his designs. He created 25 costumes for four pieces, including one new ballet choreographed by Peter Martins and one by Christopher Wheeldon that made its world premiere at the New York City Ballet fall gala.

Valentino’s black-and-white skirts have layers of red and pink tulle layered beneath the surface. The dancers’ movements create a colorful surprise. “When she moves, when she bends, it’s more beautiful to see something, no?” Valentino says.

The designer pins graphic lace on the bodice, putting the final touches on his work. “I was here finishing the corset little by little. Automatically, I always want to finish it better. You see, this is high fashion!”

“You look extraordinary!” Valentino Garavani says when principal dancer Ana Sophia Scheller emerges from a dressing room swathed in pointed tiers of lace tulle. The details are unmistakably the hand of the master couturier, and when Scheller lifts the skirt to reveal a pop of Valentino red beneath the layers, it’s confirmed.

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