Focal conic domains are typically the ``smoking gun'' by which smectic liquid crystalline phases are identified.
The geometry of the equally-spaced smectic layers is highly generic but, at the same time, difficult to work with. In this
talk we develop an approach to the study of focal sets in smectics which exploits a hidden Poincare symmetry revealed only
by viewing the smectic layers as projections from one-higher dimension. We use this perspective to shed light upon several
classic focal conic textures, including the concentric cyclides of Dupin, polygonal textures and tilt-grain boundaries.