valentino's new campaign is an incredible gothic ballet

The dance-focused offering is making us want to brush up on our pliés.

by Isabelle Hellyer
20 July 2016, 1:26pm

Valentino's fall/winter 17 campaign proves its love of the theater runs deep. Earlier this year, the brand presented Sofia Coppola's rendition of classic opera La Traviata. Now, Valentino has returned to the stage, enlisting i-D covergirls Julia Nobis, Karen Elson, Katlin Aas, and Jamie Bochert to star in a ballet-inspired dream.

Steven Meisel photographed the band of elites with a pair of professional male dancers on location in New York. The custom sets recall those in the silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, while the layers of nude tulle would be at home in A Midsummer Night's Dream — it's all a very dramatic affair. 

It's the first womenswear campaign the brand has released after the amicable departure of co-creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri — now Raf Simons' successor at Dior. Her partner of 25 years, Pierpaolo Piccioli, has stayed on as Valentino's sole creative director. Given the strength of this campaign, we trust he's handling the transition with ease. 


Text Isabelle Hellyer
Photography courtesy Valentino

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