Riccardo Tisci's latest side project saw him designing sheer costumes for the Paris National Opera Ballet's production of Maurice Ravel's Boléro, which debuted at the Palais Garnier Thursday night.
Tisci, creative director of Givenchy, explained in a statement about his designs that he "wanted the dancers to feel naked somehow," and added that the costumes express the same dark and romantic sensibility seen in his ready-to-wear collections.
"The dancers wear nude catsuits in illusion tulle embroidered with white lace forming a skeleton," he said. "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."
A look at the costumes in production and in action, here in the gallery.