Belgian designer, Dries Van Noten has collaborated with choreographer Justin Peck on the costumes for New York City Ballet’s Fall 2016-17 season. The project is part of the dance institution’s fifth annual Fashion Gala and also includes special commissions from designers Rosie Assoulin, Narciso Rodriguez, and Jason Wu.
Dries Van Noten worked with 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, Van Noten 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.
“Working with such a talented choreographer allows me to push my design boundaries further and share a passion for creativity with a fellow creator,” said Van Noten of the experience today in a statement. “I am very happy to collaborate with Justin for the first time.”
Click through to see Dries’ finished costumes and check nycballet.com for tickets to Fall 2016-17 performances.