The New York City Ballet’s fall fashion gala program will celebrate its fifth iteration on Sept. 20.
A retrospective of past costumes will be staged at this year’s gala. The company has filled the evening’s repertoire with four vignette performances — all world premieres.
New York City Ballet principal dancer Lauren Lovette will make her choreographic debut for the company with a piece set to Robert Schumann’s “Introduction and Concert Allegro, Op. 134” — with costumes designed by Rodriguez.
NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck will create a pas de deux performance set to the second movement of Bohuslav Martinu’s “Piano Quintet No. 2” — with costumes by van Noten. The Belgian designer has previously created ballet costumes for dancers including New York City Ballet alums Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto.
New York City Ballet corps de ballet member Peter Walker will create his first work for the company, set to an original score by classical guitarist Thomas Kikta. Jason Wu will design the piece’s corresponding costumes.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, who has previously devised pieces for companies including the Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Joffrey Ballet, will create her first work for NYCB — tied to a combination of scores written for cello. Her work will be accompanied by costumes designed by Rosie Assoulin.
NYCB’s fall fashion galas — conceived by Sarah Jessica Parker — are a careful collaboration between Parker and NYCB costume director Marc Happel. Parker wrangles the design talent and pairs them with choreographers, while Happel and his costume shop execute the costumes’ production. Happel also advises participating designers, helping them adapt their aesthetic sensibilities to theatrical scale and dancers’ tremendous range of motion.
The fashion gala program has risen more than $10 million for NYCB since its inception in 2012. Previous participating designers include Thom Browne, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Peter Copping for Oscar de la Renta and Olivier Theyskens.