So, the ballet will be performing a piece called Rubies in honor of Valentino and his signature red. How do you two the two compliment each other so perfectly?
"It [the ballet] is something Valentino loves, it's something Valentino admires — the discipline of the dancers. Tonight, he brought haute-couture into the ballet. This was something different for the ballet. It was something different for Valentino. I think they combine very well together."
Photographed by Julie Skarrett
How do Valentino and the ballet compliment each other?
"Well, first of all, he's a great enthusiast of the company, and of ballet in general. He's a great audience. He talks about all of his experiences and times spent in the theatre. It's one of the things he loves to do most, and he has built costumes for the ballet in the past. He loves this company and he loves the art form and he understands it. He understands athleticism and grace and that kind of describes his work actually, in a funny way. I think he loves building and designing. The fact that he has affection for this company and has a long relationship with Peter Martins, it just seemed like it might work if we dared ask, and it did."