Sometimes a girl wants to dream about wearing a stunning couture gown. Sometimes a girl wants to dream about wearing a radiant tutu. And sometimes that girl is a New York City Ballet dancer and she gets to live both dreams at once, wearing tutus designed by couture houses.
As usual, New York City Ballet gets to have all the fashion fun. The company regularly collaborates with high-fashion designers who create costumes for gala performances and premieres. (Joseph Altuzarra, for example, designed costumes for the 2013 premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's A Place for Us, and this past spring, Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen crafted some dark and glittering costumes for Benjamin Millepied's Neverwhere.) It makes sense that dancers would inspire people who make art objects for the body.
To our delight, Mary Katrantzou is designing costumes for NYCB’s 2014 Fall Gala, along with other fashion rock-stars, including Carolina Herrera, Valentino, Thom Browne and Sarah Burton, the creative director for Alexander McQueen.
Check out one of Katrantzou's sketches for Justin Peck's fall NYCB premiere. Her website describes the principal man's costume as a "lace bodysuit" (!) and the tutu as translucent. We can't wait to see the real thing!
Mary Katrantzou for the New York City Ballet
NYCB's fall gala will be September 23. For more info and tickets, visit nycballet.com.