By  on September 23, 2019

Zac Posen is kneeled on the floor of New York City Ballet’s costume shop, gallantly tending to the fistfuls of tulle that comprise his designs for the company’s forthcoming gala performance.

Dancers rush in and out for last-minute fittings, with Posen asserting himself as a fashion wizard of sorts — calling out for more rhinestones, gathers and volume. His concept, “F****d-up Degas,” referencing the French impressionist painter and sculptor who would often use ballerinas as subjects, put him at task to push the boundaries of tutu couture.

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