Behind the Scenes With Valentino and the New York City Ballet

The New York City Ballet's new season kicks off tonight with the company's fall gala. Sadly, I'm not lucky enough to attend this time/split my dress open and flash my panties to New York's fanciest, but the NYCB's Facebook page just released a slew of behind-the-scenes images of Valentino working on the costumes--so I almost feel like I'm there. Also? The costumes are incredible.
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The New York City Ballet's new season kicks off tonight with the company's fall gala. Sadly, I'm not lucky enough to attend this time/split my dress open and flash my panties to New York's fanciest, but the NYCB's Facebook page just released a slew of behind-the-scenes images of Valentino working on the costumes--so I almost feel like I'm there. Also? The costumes are incredible.
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The New York City Ballet's new season kicks off tonight with the company's fall gala. Sadly, I'm not lucky enough to attend this time/split my dress open and flash my panties to New York's fanciest, but the NYCB's Facebook page just released a slew of behind-the-scenes images of Valentino working on the costumes--so I almost feel like I'm there. Also? The costumes are incredible.

Valentino Garavani, who is now 80, retired from the house he founded four years ago, but collaborated with NYCB to create 16 original designs, the AP is reporting. One of the ballets on the program, Balanchine's "Rubies," was chosen because the color matches Valentino's signature hue.

NYCB Ballet Master-in-Chief Peter Martins and Valentino have been friends for years and according to Vanity Fair, which had Patrick Demarchelier photograph the principals in Valentino's costumes for the October issue, Martins is up for doing more fashion collaborations in the future. “[It] is something we would like to explore going forward,” he told the mag.

Patrick Demarchelier/Vanity Fair

Patrick Demarchelier/Vanity Fair

It's not the first time Valentino has designed ballet costumes (he designed costumes for the Vienna Ballet in 2009 and told the AP he would like to take on the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia) nor is it the first time NYCB has collaborated with designers (last season they worked with Rodarte and Gilles Mendel). We hope this fashion and ballet thing keeps happening.

Click through for pix of Valentino and NYCB's costume shop, hard at work preparing for tonight's gala.

Photos: NYCB Faceboook