Who else but Sarah Jessica Parker could pair the artistry of the NYC Ballet with the creativity of favorite fashion designers for an unabashedly glamorous night.
“I spent a great deal of time thinking about how I might be able to support this company beyond my affection,” she told us.
When SJP joined the ballet’s board in 2012, it was her idea to have a fashion designer create costumes for the dancers and buzz for its annual gala performance. This year Anna Sui and Zac Posen had the honor.
“It’s an amazing art form to celebrate and collaborate with. We really played with the form of the tutu, and one almost has tutu wings in ombre color,” Posen said.
“It’s a very signature, Anna. There’s a little sparkle to it all. I guess I’m known for bohemian fashion, so you’ll see a little bit of that too,” Sui said.
Because of rain, the red carpet was moved undercover, stars like Brooke Shields, Kelli Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, and Laverne Cox sashayed through. But no one embodied the spirit of the night more than theater impresario Jordan Roth dressed by Posen.
“We’re celebrating the fusion of fashion and ballet, but I think everything is better when we each bring what we do and put it together,” he said.
There was plenty of fanfare for the fashion, but the night was still a true celebration of the NYC ballet.
“I think it is inarguable the greatest most important dance company in the world, and that’s because of the skill of these dancers. They tell use stories without opening their mouths,” said Parker.
This gala has raised $20 million for the company over eight years. And a new exhibit lets us take a look back at all the fashion collaborations.
The “Design in Motion” exhibition is at “Intersect By Lexus” in Chelsea, organized with the head of costumes at the ballet, Marc Happel.
And, of course, you can see the new costumes on the dancers throughout the season.