Sneak Peek at Valentino's NYCB Costumes!
From the moment we first heard that superstar designer Valentino Garavani would be designing costumes for New York City Ballet, we've been anxiously awaiting a glimpse of his creations. Would they be ruffly? Lacy? His signature Valentino red?
Well, the first pictures are in, and it looks like the answer is "all of the above"! Check out the shots (via New York Magazine) below. The chic costumes will get their first outings this Thursday night, at the New York City Ballet's fall gala, a tribute to Valentino. Enjoy!
(All photos Christopher Anderson/Magnum)
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