Valentino Designs New York City Ballet Costumes

on Jun 05, 2012 02:36 PM EDT

Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani will create costumes for New York City Ballet's Fall Gala at Lincoln Center on September 20.

The gala includes a new ballet set to selections from Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin", two rarely performed pieces d'occasion created for NYCB's 1988 American Music Festival - Sophisticated Lady, which is set to music by Duke and Not My Girl, a pas de deux inspired by, and set to music composed by Fred Astaire. A performance of George Balanchine's "Rubies" will especially feature his signature use of color red.

Valentino expressed that he was honored to have New York City Ballet, "...celebrate my work in this way, and I am very passionate about the design of these very special costumes." He told New York Times in an interview.

"There is so much beauty in the ballet, the grace, the fluidity," he continued.

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