Few things excite us more than when two of our greatest passions collide, so this season's fashion-filled New York City Ballet Gala is giving us many reasons to leap from our seats.
Fashion heavyweights including Carolina Herrera, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Thom Browne and Mary Katrantzou collaborated with New York City Ballet's Costume Shop on sartorial sensations for four ballets, and we got a behind-the-scenes look.
As one might expect, the designers stayed true to their respective aesthetics when approaching ballet costume design. Herrera designed exquisite female costumes that are the picture of elegance, while Browne created suiting designs that are crisp and tailored. Leave it to Burton to bring the drama with a heavy black and gold gown reminiscent of a red carpet look, and Katrantzou to design an airy, colorful creation filled with pattern.
While all the ballets featuring fashion designer costumers will debut at the Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 23, New York City audiences will have the opportunity to see the designs in action again on October 2 at 7:30 p.m.; October 7 at 7:30 p.m.; October 9 at 7:30 p.m.; and October 11 at 8 p.m.
Check out images from the costume shop and sketches from the design houses in the photos below.