NYCB dancers Peter Walker (left) and Jonathan Fahoury performing Kyle Abraham's "The Runaway," with costumes by Giles Deacon (photo by Erin Baiano, courtesy NYCB)

Autumn in the Big Apple means one thing: New York City Ballet's Fall Fashion Gala. Since its inception in 2012 by Sarah Jessica Parker, the gala has produced dozens of new ballets, complete with original costumes designed by the fashion industry's biggest names. Ahead of this year's gala—which takes place September 26th and features new works by Lauren Lovette and Edwaard Liang, with costumes designed by Zac Posen and Anna Sui—NYCB joined forces with INTERSECT by Lexus on an exhibition showcasing the many stunning gala costumes from years past. Dance Spirit met up with Marc Happel, NYCB's Director of Costumes, to talk about the retrospective, the biggest lessons he's learned over the years, and the designers he'd love to work with in the future.

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Each September, as throngs of models and designers descend upon the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week, we at Dance Spirit wait with bated breath for the inevitable fashion/dance collabs to pop up in our Insta feeds. And while the fashion industry has a long, sometimes complicated, sometimes amazing, history with the dance world, it's done nothing but wow us as of late. Case in point? 21-year-old model/dancer extraordinaire Alton Mason's star turn at the Tommy Hilfiger x Zendaya show Sunday night (which took place at the historic Apollo Theater, no less).

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James Whiteside (Jayme Thornton for Dance Magazine)

Say you're perpetually impeccable designer Thom Browne. Say you're planning your Spring 2020 Paris menswear show along a "Versailles country club" theme. Say you want a world-class danseur to open the show with some kind of appropriately fabulous choreography.

Who do you call? James Whiteside, of course. On Saturday, the American Ballet Theatre principal—wearing pointe shoes and a glorious pinstriped tutu—kicked off Browne's presentation at the École des Beaux-Arts with a 15-minute, show-stealing solo. Whiteside choreographed the piece himself, with the help of detailed notes from the designer.

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🌈 Happy Pride month, dance friends! 🌈

Ralph Lauren is kicking off the celebration bright and early with a gender-neutral capsule collection featuring a rainbow version (naturally) of its pony logo. And the brand chose a bunch of influential LGBTQIA+ community members to model the looks—including our favorite danseur in heels, Houston Ballet soloist Harper Watters.

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Including co-host Lady Gaga (via Instagram)

Last night's Met Gala featured, as always, oodles of celebs in deliciously over-the-top ensembles. And since editorial fashion always looks better in motion, Vogue (which hosts the bash) brought in Sherrie Silver to choreograph videos starring some of the gala's biggest names.

Silver—the mastermind behind Childish Gambino's "This Is America" video—kept the movement simple but 1000 percent in line with the gala's "camp" theme. The resulting vids are delightfully weird. Bette Midler does the swim to a Cher soundtrack! Lady Gaga swoons in a sculpture gallery! Jared Leto tenderly fondles a model of his own head!

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(from left) Marissa, Angela, and Allie are members of the nationally-ranked Hofstra University Dance Team.

The bugle boy won't be the only one boogy-woogying in these dance-team costumes, all inspired by looks associated with the armed forces.

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Martina Sandionigi as Giselle

We updated your favorite story-ballet tutus with modern details that'll please any 21st-century prima ballerina. Who needs a cavalier, anyway?

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4 hiring powers-that-be told DS their "do's" for dressing to audition.

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Courtesy Krista Miller

17-year-old Autumn Miller is one of our (and over 900 thousand other fans') favorite dancers to follow on Instagram, where her bubbly posts include insane turning combinations, beautiful dance shots, and adorable family snaps. Turns out Autumn is just as fun and chic IRL. We got the inside scoop on how to steal her California-cool studio style.

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Flip your fins in shimmering costumes worthy of the life aquatic.

Modeled by Laura Haver and Brynlie Helmich.

Photography by Lucas Chilczuk

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You'll stay warmed up all winter long in these toasty jumpsuits.

Modeled by Tillie Glatz

Photography by Jayme Thornton

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Go to the head of the class in back-to-school styles that make the grade.

Modeled by Jenna Kulacz

Photography by Jayme Thornton

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Throwback jazz duds that feel impossibly current? Groovy, baby.

Modeled by Amber Pickens and Carey Segal

Photography by Erin Baiano

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A still from the Cos fashion show (via YouTube)

Oh, the dance–fashion love affair: It's absolutely epic, and tends to makes for absolutely fabulous collabs. The latest case in point(e)? British design house Cos' fashion show in Florence, Italy, which featured dancers clad in the line's new collection performing striking choreo by dance-world darling Wayne McGregor.

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Get to know your inner Amazonian queen in these truly wild ensembles.

Modeled by Starr Dee and Arielle DiSciascio

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