Riccardo Tisci Costumes a Ballet in Lace and Tulle

I am dying over these images of Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci’s costumes for the ballet Boléro. The design recently released to the media shows a unisex ballet costume that blurs traditional gender norms.

The ballet costume consists of a skin-tone cat suit embroidered with white lace in the design of a human skeleton and a dress of nude tulle over top. The costumes are supposed to capture both darkness and romanticism.

In Women’s Wear Daily, Tisci said, “Boléro is all about intensity. The music has such an intense feeling. I wanted the dancers to feel naked somehow. 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.”

Boléro was choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet for Opéra Garnier in Paris. The artist Marina Abramovic designed the black and suspended mirror panel set and scenography. It runs until June 3.


  1. Maggie says:

    Ohmygosh I LOVE these costumes!! Now I want to see it live!

  2. Trillium says:

    Wow; wish I’d won the lottery. Would that be a fun trip to see the ballet then all the other sites!

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