Nanette Lepore's Designs Take Center Stage at Ballet Next

Nanette Lepore's designs are en pointe lately...literally. The fashion designer is behind the bright and non-traditional costumes to be worn by New York City Ballet principals Charles Askegard and Georgina Pazcoguin for their performances of the ballet Picnic. We chatted with the designer what it was like to design for ballet for the first time, and snagged some exclusive behind the scenes photos of the dancers being fitted for their costumes.
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Nanette Lepore's designs are en pointe lately...literally. The fashion designer is behind the bright and non-traditional costumes to be worn by New York City Ballet principals Charles Askegard and Georgina Pazcoguin for their performances of the ballet Picnic. We chatted with the designer what it was like to design for ballet for the first time, and snagged some exclusive behind the scenes photos of the dancers being fitted for their costumes.
Photo by Erin Baiano

Photo by Erin Baiano

Nanette Lepore's designs are en pointe lately...literally.

The fashion designer is behind the bright and non-traditional costumes to be worn by Ballet Next founder Charles Askegard and New York City Ballet dancer Georgina Pazcoguin for their performances of the ballet Picnic. As fans of both fashion and ballet, we're always on board when the two worlds collide. The ballet, which premiered Wednesday and will run through the weekend, was inspired by the 1975 film Picnic on Hanging Rock, according to WWD.

We asked Lepore, who has never designed for the ballet before, to give us some insight on her process.

“When I first watched Gina and Charles perform this piece, I was in awe of their strength and skill," she said. "A sporty look felt really right to me because it reflected the athleticism and beauty of the dance. Every time I go to the ballet I’m always struck by the gorgeously colored classic ballet costumes. I wanted my costumes to have that same pop with a modern vibrant mood.”

Lepore told us that she enjoyed the new experience (which would probably make a great Project Runway challenge, just sayin'). "It’s an exciting challenge to move outside your comfort zone and even better to work with some great friends in the process," she said.

Check out these exclusive images from behind the scenes, and you can catch a performance of Picnic this weekend at the Joyce Theater in New York! Behind the Scenes photos by Nicole Loher of The Style Student

UPDATE: We originally reported that the ballet was a New York City Ballet performance when in fact it was by the company Ballet Next.