Last night we joined the throngs of New Yorkers who put on the ritz and attended the New York City Ballet's Annual Fall Gala at Lincoln Center. On hand was NYCB board vice chair Sarah Jessica Parker, who was the brains behind the fantastical costumes that graced the stage yet again.
This time around, Parker looked to new collaborators Carolina Herrera, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Thom Browne, and Mary Katrantzou, who dressed Parker in an embroidered top and skirt for the evening. She asked eacg designer to work with a choreographer on costumes that spoke to their unique vision, but were wearable for the dancers. "Fashion always starts with a fantasy and a dream, but that dream has to become a reality," explained Herrera in a behind-the-scenes video screened before the five ballets commenced.
The show opened with the fairytale-like "Morgen," a 2001 ballet choreographed by Peter Martins, that showcased Herrera's diaphanous, embellished chiffon dresses. The next performance, "This Bitter Earth," was a pas a deux excerpt from Five Moments, Three Repeats, set to Dinah Washington's famous '60s ballad, that displayed floaty pieces by Valentino — who was honored at the gala back in 2012. The next three ballets were all world premieres.
The most off-kilter act was "Clearing Dawn," thanks to Thom Browne, who stuck to his signature, tailored-made suiting that moved surprisingly well on the dancers. Next, was "Funérailles,' a pas de deux choreographed by Liam Scarlett starring Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, who were bedecked in an embroidered gown and jacket respectively. Last, but certainly not least was Justin Peck's "Belles-Lettres," which showcased Mary Katrantzou's lace-appliqué pieces that she accurately describered as "second skin."
For those hoping to experience the magic firsthand, the performance will be taking place 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.