VALENTINO What you will see on Thursday is not a ballet, it is a haute couture show. If you are a connoisseur of ballet, you automatically know the little tricks, for the hands have to move all the time, and when I design I know that she cannot stay all evening like a little statue without moving. You think about the color, and how it will look on the stage. I know the lighting is this pale blue, so the color can be very, very strong. Now I am so jealous of my dresses. At the last rehearsal, when the first three costumes came on stage, I was really full of emotion because they were very, very strong. I was hoping the dancers don’t sit on the floor, because the dresses are like soufflés.
For all his grandeur and fame, Valentino appeared quite comfortable in a sparse ballet practice room scattered with a few instruments.
He says NYCB Ballet Master-in-Chief Peter Martins, who is a friend, seems a little surprised at the minute level of detail that's required, and at the number of changes that were happening just days before the show. It's the first time Martins has seen choreography done around a dress and not vice versa, Valentino says with a smile.