The New York City Ballet put fashion at the centre of its Fall Gala tonight by showcasing three short documentary films about the designers it has collaborated with, live on stage.
Prabal Gurung, Iris van Herpen and Olivier Theyskens (pictured above) each designed custom costumes for three new ballets premiering at the event. Respectively they were “Capricious Maneuver” choreographed by Justin Peck, “Neverwhere” by Benjamin Millepied and “Spectral Evidence” by Angelin Preljocaj.
Films were created showing the designers discussing the concept and vision for their looks, providing a sneak peek at what they look like as they’re being developed, and even trialling the creations on the ballerinas to ensure they are suited to the movement they need. Van Herpen’s is all about hundreds of individual pieces of PVC plastic, Gurung’s complete with leather harnesses and Theyskens’ embellished with giant silicon scars.
Each spot (embedded below alongside some still shots) was aired ahead of its corresponding ballet via a giant screen on the stage – giving the traditional gala a bit more of a modern spin.
The ballet iself was attended by stars including Natalie Portman (in support of husband Benjamin Millepied) and NYCB’s chairperson Sarah Jessica Parker.
Choreographed by Justin Peck; costumes by Prabal Gurung; music by Lukas Foss
Choreographed by Benjamin Millepied; costumes by Iris Van Herpen; music by Nico Muhly
Choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj; costumes by Olivier Theyskens; music by John Cage