Riccardo Tisci at the Opera de Paris

He manages to dazzle us all the time. First there were the costumes for RiRi’s world tour, now it’s time for an opera.

Text: Danae Terzakou


It’s not the first time we see some massive designer creating customs for an opera. Who can forget Coco Chanel’s mythical fashion at the Russian Ballets? This time, is Riccardo Tisci’s turn. The talented creative director of the French fashion house Givenchy has created dance clothes for Maurice Ravel’s “Le Bolero”, an orchestral piece-turn-into-a-masterpiece written in 1928. In a hostel in Spain, a gypsy traveler dances on a table surrounded by people. Her speed and rhythm gradually entrances the onlookers and carries them away in an intoxication of instinctive dance. The opera has come to Paris Opera Garnier and will be on until June 3, and Tisci has created costumes for the entire company. White, voluminous dresses along with capes, are so stunning during the dance while fine, transparent, embroidered leotards reveal the graceful moving body! Costumes are a blend of romanticism and vagueness. It is the first time that Monsieur Tisci has collaborated with the Palais Garnier, on a personal project. Marina Abramovic is commited with the show’s production, as requested by the choreographers Sibi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet.