Zac Posen and Anna Sui to design costumes for New York City Ballet

Zac Posen and Anna Sui will design costumes for the New York City Ballet (NYCB)’s annual Fall Fashion Gala. The prestigious dance company will reprise its annual Fall Fashion Gala on 26 September (19), and has invited fashion designers to create costu…

Zac Posen and Anna Sui will design costumes for the New York City Ballet (NYCB)’s annual Fall Fashion Gala.

The prestigious dance company will reprise its annual Fall Fashion Gala on 26 September (19), and has invited fashion designers to create costumes for new works that will premiere that evening.

The event has been annually conceptualised by Sarah Jessica Parker since it began in 2012, and the Sex and the City star acts as a matchmaker between choreographers and designers. City Ballet’s costume director Marc Happel then facilitates the designers’ visions, and adapts their ideas to suit the ballet dancer and the scale of the performance on stage.

Posen has been paired with NYCB’s principal dancer and choreographer Lauren Lovette, and her yet-to-be-titled ballet will accompany Tan Dun’s score, Fire Ritual, composed for solo violin and orchestra.

Sui will team with Edwaard Liang, artistic director for the BalletMet and a former dancer with NYCB as well as the Nederlands Dans Theater. The work will be set to a new composition for solo violin and orchestra, devised by Oliver Davis.

“For many years, I’ve been pushing for a New York-centric Fall Fashion Gala. This year with Anna and Zac, I think it’s a really nice moment for New York designers,” Happel said to WWD. “What I’ve really learned over the years is how to talk to fashion designers in a way that helps them understand our world and how they can bring their designs into it, in a way that works for the ballet but still has their unique fingerprint.”

Jonathan Stafford, the new Ballet Master in Chief, said he intends to keep the “highly successful” annual gala going as it brings excitement into the theatre.

In the last seven years, the gala has seen collaborations with designers including Valentino, Thom Browne, Virgil Abloh, and Dries van Noten.

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Three designers to outfit New York City Ballet for annual gala

Giles Deacon, Alberta Ferretti and Gareth Pugh are to outfit the New York City Ballet (NYCB) for its upcoming Fall Fashion Gala.The upcoming dance extravaganza will feature three performances, with Deacon creating costumes for choreographer Kyle Abraha…

Giles Deacon, Alberta Ferretti and Gareth Pugh are to outfit the New York City Ballet (NYCB) for its upcoming Fall Fashion Gala.

The upcoming dance extravaganza will feature three performances, with Deacon creating costumes for choreographer Kyle Abraham’s number, Ferretti outfitting the dancers in Gianna Reisen’s choreography and Pugh designing the outfits for Matthew Neenan’s dance.

In addition, the gala will feature music from composers John Adams and Antonin Dvorak, with lighting by the NYCB’s resident lighting designer Mark Stanley for both the Reisen and Neenan premieres.

“(In September), the New York City Ballet will present the seventh instalment of its annual Fall Fashion Gala, celebrating choreography and costume design with an evening of world premiere ballets and creative collaborations between some of today’s most exciting artists from the worlds of dance and design,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

The seventh Fall Fashion Gala has been conceived by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and co-chaired by Mazdack Rassi, Zanna Roberts Rassi and Lizzie Tisch.

Since the inception of the first Fall Fashion Gala in 2012, the annual event has raised more than $15 million (£11 million) for the NYCB. In previous years, the event has included costumes designed by Virgil Abloh of Off-White, Rosie Assoulin, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, Mary Katrantzou, Zuhair Murad and Narciso Rodriguez, among others.

All of the designs have been created in-house at the New York City Ballet Costume Shop in collaboration with the designers and NYCB’s director of costumes Marc Happel.

The NYCB Fall Fashion Gala will be held on 27 September from 7pm.

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Sarah Jessica Parker coordinates with daughters at New York City Ballet gala

Sarah Jessica Parker and her daughters wore matching outfits to the New York City Ballet’s spring gala on Thursday night (03May18).The Divorce actress made a rare appearance at the event held at the Lincoln Center with her eight-year-old twin girls, Lo…

Sarah Jessica Parker and her daughters wore matching outfits to the New York City Ballet’s spring gala on Thursday night (03May18).

The Divorce actress made a rare appearance at the event held at the Lincoln Center with her eight-year-old twin girls, Loretta and Tabitha, who she shares with her actor husband Matthew Broderick.

Sarah, who is also mother to a 15-year-old son named James Wilkie, ensured she and her daughters sported coordinating outfits, with the girls wearing cute floral print dresses, matching white shoes with flower embroidery from Dolce & Gabbana and headbands as well as mini purses.

While their stylish mother opted for a collared pale blue dress which she paired with silver pointed pumps from her own footwear line, SJP Collection.

Prior to the gala, Sarah took to Instagram to share a snap of her and her daughters’ shoes, and captioned the photo: “Shoes moving toward @nycballet Spring gala. With my gals.”

Other stars to attend the New York City Ballet’s bash, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins, included actress Vanessa Williams, who sported a sparkly black top and fitted trousers, and TV presenter Bill Nye, who rocked a classic suit.

Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort suited up in a black tuxedo, while his dancer girlfriend Violetta Komyshan looked lovely in a black gown printed with red and pink tulip motifs.

And fashionista Olivia Palermo turned heads in a retro-style orange and brown print jumpsuit with feather trim on the sleeves and trouser cuffs. Olivia accessorised her ensemble with simple black high heel sandals and carried a boxy purse, while her model husband Johannes Huebl wore a black suit complete with cummerbund and bow tie.

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