We love it when dance and fashion meet and what could be more fabulous than Valentino and the New York City Ballet. For one night only, Valentino came out of retirement to design costumes for New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala at the famous Lincoln Center. This collaboration was influenced by board member Sarah Jessica Parker who is a long time friend of Valentino. The evening was full of puffed tutus, bright red and pink pointe shoes and black and white dresses with surprise sneak peeks of red tulle when the dancers jumped and turned.
This is exactly why so many little girls grow up dreaming of becoming ballerinas; the fantasy of dancing on stage every night in beautiful tutus and tiaras. I guess I never fully grew up, because I still get giddy when I put on a fabulous costume. This is one of the many reasons I love performing. When you’re on stage you lose yourself in the character and the story and for that moment you’re transcended. Rapture, romance, whimsy, magic…if only life were more like the ballet!
What an honor it must have been to be a part of NYCB’s ode to fashion and dance in these amazing costumes. Valentino was quoted as saying in the night’s program, “Ballet speaks to me because of the romance I see in it, I realize the dancers do so much to be perfect, and in high fashion I always wanted perfection.” Amen Valentino, amen!