For the sixth installment of the New York City Ballet’s glitzy, star-studded Fall Fashion Gala, chairwoman Sarah Jessica Parker tapped yet another A-list roster of designers to create custom costumes. This year’s set includes newly inducted CFDA members Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of Monse and Oscar de la Renta, Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, Japanese designer Tsumori Chisato, and Diane von Furstenberg’s Jonathan Saunders. The gala is set to take place September 28 at the David H. Koch Theater in Manhattan.
Like last year’s gala, for which Dries Van Noten, Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu, and Rosie Assoulin were commissioned to create costumes, each designer will be paired up with choreographers and dancers to create original works. Garcia and Kim will work with NYCB principal dancer Lauren Lovette; Chisato will work with resident choreographer Justin Peck; Abloh will work with School of American Ballet alumna Gianna Reisen; and Saunders will work with soloist Troy Schumacher.
Fashion can't seem to get enough of the ballet lately, from Olivier Rousteing designing costumes for the Paris Opéra and Opening Ceremony collaborating with Peck earlier this year to the industry’s love affair with chignons and an Alaïa-claid Blanca Li performing Goddesses & Demonesses in March.
“I’m super excited,” Abloh told Fashion Unfiltered of the project. “I got a really cool email from Sarah [Jessica Parker]—we started bouncing ideas back and forth and expressing a mutual love for each other. She’s obviously part of the ballet and suggested I get involved.”
Fresh off the heels of his (now sold-out) Warby Parker collaboration, Abloh remained tight-lipped on the details of his final design, but told us it’s “traditional Off-White meets traditional ballet costume.”
Given his experience dressing some of the biggest performers out there (Kanye West and Ariana Grande, to name a couple) we guess Abloh will have no trouble.
“I'm designing it from what I’ve never seen and what I would like to see,” he said. “I’m just really grateful for this opportunity.”