Dance and fashion have always taken a liking to one another, and have often acted as two creative outlets sharing the spotlight — whether it be the pointe shoe heels of Louis Vuitton or the crystal-encrusted costumes that take to the grandest of world stages. And, for the annual Fall Gala of the New York City Ballet, the newest ballet-and-design partnerships come by way of some of the most exciting names in both industries.
Debuting tomorrow at the David Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center, designers Prabal Gurung, Olivier Theyskens, and Iris Van Herpen will each take to the stage — at least, metaphorically — as the costume designers for three new ballets. Teaming with choreographers Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, and Benjamin Millepied (respectively), this new role sees the designers taking a step behind the scenes, with their costumes acting as the perfect accompaniment to the dancers in the spotlight. Think less extravagant runway accessories and oversized fabric details and more an artistic interpretation of storytelling where movement is the first priority.
The final results? Well, they remain TBD until tomorrow evening, but in this exclusive peek below, we get to share three unique stories of how these designer have translated their visions for the stage and the physical demands of these world-class dancers. Watch on, and if you're local, you can still purchase tickets for tomorrow night's performance by visiting the NYCBallet site.
Choreographed by Justin Peck; Music by Lukas Foss; Costumes by Prabal Gurung.
Choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj; Music by John Cage; Costumes by Olivier Theyskens.
Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied; Music by Nico Muhly; Costumes by Iris Van Herpen.