Famed fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra has designed some frothy and frilly costumes for new ballets by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon for the New York City Ballet’s dancers.
When Wheeldon invited him to design costumes for a new ballet that he was presenting at the New York City Ballet’s spring gala, Altuzarra admitted he wasn’t sure what the choreographer was talking about. Nevertheless, he accepted; and with a background in studying ballet in Paris, Altuzarra agreed.
Altuzarra said that he was inspired by vintage designs.
“I looked at a lot of rehearsal pictures from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, mainly of Baryshnikov and Nureyev,” Altuzarra told the New York Times.
At the May 8 gala, Altuzarra presented his designs within Wheeldon’s two ballets: a reworking of the “Soirée Musicale,” with costumes by Holly Hynes, and a new pas de deux, set to “Interlude” from André Previn’s “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.” The ballets feature professional dancers Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, for whom Altuzarra designed the costumes for.
Other notable designers who have created costumes for New York City Ballet dancers include Rodarte, J. Mendel and Valentino.
Check out the sketches below: