Ballet + Fashion: A Collaboration

Riccardo Tisci, Boléro, Paris Opera Ballet, 2015

The Paris Opera Ballet’s adaptation of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro found its creative match in Riccardo Tisci. Working with choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, as well as longtime collaborator Marina Abramovic, who designed the show’s sets, Tisci crafted a series of transparent looks embroidered with rib bones and spinal cords in an effort to highlight dancers’ bodies, as well as the sensual nature of Ravel’s composition.
Photo: Courtesy of Paris Opera Ballet

Olivier Theyskens, Spectral Evidence, New York City Ballet, 2014

To capture the accusatory environment of Salem, Massachusetts, during the witch trials, Theyskens leaned on electrifying visual cues, such as when he covered dancers’ bodies in glossy red marks meant to represent social stigma.
Photo: Courtesy of New York City Ballet

Stella McCartney, Ocean’s Kingdom, New York City Ballet, 2011
Who but Stella McCartney could provide the costumes for Paul McCartney’s ballet debut? McCartney’s psychedelic designs provided her father’s tale of dueling supernatural kingdoms with its visual interest.
Photo: Courtesy of New York City Ballet

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