Leather corset, caged crinoline, stacked heels… It’s not the first sartorial combination that comes to mind when considering what Snow White might wear in a contemporary balletic re-telling of the classic fairy tale, but then it is Jean-Paul Gaultier who’s behind the costumes. This month, the Parisian designer’s frocks take centre stage at Sydney Opera House’s newly refurbished Joan Sutherland theatre, for French-Albanian Angelin Preljocaj’s Snow White (6–10 June). The worlds of ballet and fashion have always been entwined, of course, from Coco Chanel’s designs for the ballet Apollo in 1929 to haute fashion house Balmain’s collection at the Paris Opéra last year, complete with pearl-encrusted jackets and diamante leotards. Gaultier’s designs, however, are surely the most risqué. Sydney Opera House’s Olivia Ansell calls the show “a twisted take on the classic fairy tale, sound-tracked to Mahler and pumping electro”.