There are lots of designer collaborations that have us scratching our heads (see: Cynthia Rowley and Lysol, Victoria Beckham and Range Rover) but fashion and ballet is a no brainer. In the last few years Rodarte, J. Mendel, Nanette Lepore and Valentino have all designed costumes for the New York City Ballet. Rising star Joseph Altuzarra is the latest to team up with the storied ballet company.
For the New York City Ballet’s spring gala on May 8, Altuzarra has designed costumes for principals Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild for a new pas de deux choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. What you see above are Altuzarra’s original sketches for Peck from his Smythson sketchbook.
According to the New York Times, the collaboration came about when Wheeldon and Altuzarra were at a party on Fire Island. Only Altuzarra didn’t quite know who Wheeldon was. When Wheeldon suggested they do a ballet together, he just said “sure.” He quickly immersed himself in ballet. “I looked at a lot of rehearsal pictures from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, mainly of Baryshnikov and Nureyev,” Altuzarra told the Times. Of course Altuzarra knew a thing or two about ballet before designing these costumes–Cathy Horyn notes that he studied it for eight years while growing up in Paris.
Click through to see Altuzarra’s original sketches for the upcoming gala.