dries van noten designs costumes for new york city ballet

Inspired by the British abstract artist Patrick Heron, and the Russian American ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

by Charlotte Gush
24 September 2016, 10:45pm

The New York City Ballet hosted its annual Fall Fashion Gala this week, presenting the world premiere of four new ballets, created and costumed by top international choreographers and fashion designers. Dries Van Noten worked with choreographer and soloist Justin Peck on a ballet piece for two dancers set to a piano quintet by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.

Inspired by the paintings of British abstract artist Patrick Heron, the Belgian designer dressed dancer Sara Mearns in a bias-cut, ruffle-layered silk dress in fawn, amber and shades of deep blue and black. For Mearns' partner Amar Ramasar, Van Noten followed the same colour scheme, adapting silhouettes from his spring/summer 15 collection, which was in fact influenced by the iconic Russian American dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

This is not Van Noten's first time designing for contemporary dance -- in fact, it is his third. In 2001 he designed for Rain by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, performed in Brussels that year and again in 2011 at the Opéra de Paris; and in 2015 he costumed David Michalek's dance opera Hagoromo, performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Three further world premieres at the Fall Fashion Gala paired Rosie Assoulin with Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; Narciso Rodriguez with NYCB Principal Dancer Lauren Lovette; and Jason Wu with NYCB Corps de Ballet member Peter Walker. 


Text Charlotte Gush
Photography Paul Kolnik

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