Boléro de Ravel ballet by Riccardo Tisci

Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci is the costume designer of this beautiful ballet I don't want to miss. Boléro de Ravel is on view at the Opéra Garnier in Paris, and the concept and set design has the hands of another famous name, the artist Marina Abramovic.

About creating the costumes for the Boléro de Ravel ballet, Riccardo Tisci stated:
“It is one of the dreams of a designer to design costumes for a ballet. I have had offers in the past from many other big theaters/operas. But I never felt ready. When this one came along, I felt it was the moment to say yes for many reasons.
First, being Italian, I am very proud to have been asked to create costumes by Brigitte Lefèvre, director of danse at Paris’ national Opera which is the biggest opera theater in the world and it is such an iconic institution in France. Second, because it is the Bolero. The project is amazing because it is made by a group of unique people with great talent, from the set design by Marina Abramovic to choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet.
Bolero is all about intensity! The music has such an intense feeling. I wanted the dancers to feel naked somehow. The costumes express two sides of me: darkness and romanticism. The dancers wear nude catsuits in illusion tulle embroidered with white lace forming a skeleton. They shed several layers as they dance just like the life cycle of animals or flowers losing their petals. They become these moving skeletons, strong and fragile at the same time.”

Opera fitting

Costume sketch

Riccardo Tisci by Inez & Vinoodh

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