New York City Ballet Hosts 2016 Fall Fashion Gala

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Sarah Jessica Parker== New York City Ballet 2016 Fall Fashion Gala== David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, NYC== September 20, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Sylvain Gaboury/PMC== ==
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Last night on September 20, the New York City Ballet unveiled its fall season. This season, the company has collaborated with four designers, including Rosie Assoulin, Jason Wu, Dries van Noten and Narciso Rodriguez to create original costumes for new choreography.

The world’s of ballet and high-fashion intersecting seem to have become tradition at New York City Ballet. This season marked the fifth year of the Fall Fashion Gala. The event has come to be viewed as sort of an extension of New York Fashion Week, proceeding the event which just ended last Thursday.

Vice-Chairman Sarah Jessica Parker, who organizes the event every year, was one of the many fashion stars of the night in a Narciso Rodriguez dress that included a deep purple top paired with a billowy, pink skirt. Other guests in attendance included her husband Matthew Broderick, Peter Martin, Ricki Lander, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Julianna Margulies, Diane Kruger, Jill Kargman, Gillian Miniter, Lisa Maria Falcone, and Teresa Reichlen.

For the collaborations, Assoulin was paired with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Van Noten was paired with Justin Peck, Wu was paired with Peter Walker and Rodriguez was paired with Lauren Lovette.

While it might be a bit of eyebrow raise to some having high-fashion designers creating ballet costumes (after all, dressing a dancer is much different from dressing a model), the designers worked very closely with both the dancers and choreographers to make sure the garments are functional on stage. Besides, who said functional items can’t be stylish?

This year’s gala broke fund-raising records, bringing in more than $2 million.

New York City Ballet’s fall/winter season will begin with George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker on November 25.

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All photos courtesy of Sylvain Gaboury for Patrick McMullan.


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