New York City Ballet (NYCB) will present its 10th annual Fall Fashion Gala on Wednesday, September 28, at 7pm at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
A celebration of dance and fashion, this year’s event will feature world premiere ballets by choreographers Kyle Abraham and Gianna Reisen, the first-ever live performance of Justin Peck’s Solo, and the fourth movement and finale from the George Balanchine masterpiece Symphony in C.
Abraham’s new ballet will feature costumes by Giles Deacon who also designed the costumes for The Runaway, which Abraham choreographed for the 2018 Fall Fashion Gala. Dan Scully, who also collaborated with Abraham on The Runaway, will design the lighting.
Reisen’s new ballet, her third for NYCB, will have costumes designed by Alejandro Gómez Palomo featuring Swarovski crystals. The lighting for Reisen’s ballet will be designed by Mark Stanley, NYCB’s Resident Lighting Designer.
The music for the Abraham and Reisen premieres will be announced at a later date.
The gala program will also include the live performance premiere of Justin Peck’s Solo, which was created for NYCB’s 2021 Virtual Spring Gala film directed by Sofia Coppola. The 2022 Fall Fashion Gala will be the first time that Solo, which is set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, will be performed live. For the occasion, the ballet will feature new costume design by Raf Simons, who previously collaborated with Peck on Glass Handel, the 2018 multi-media installation featuring countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. Solo will feature lighting design by Stanley, who also designed the lighting for the film version of the ballet.
The gala evening will also include the fourth movement and finale from George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, which was choreographed in 1947, to the music of Georges Bizet. In 2012, NYCB’s production of the ballet was re-costumed with new designs by Marc Happel, NYCB’s Director of Costumes; Symphony in C also features lighting by Stanley.
This year’s event will honor Sarah Jessica Parker, a vice chair of the NYCB Board of Directors, who conceived the Fall Fashion Gala in 2012, the first year of which celebrated the legendary designer Valentino. Since then, the Fall Fashion Gala has raised more than $24 million for NYCB.
A highlight of the fall season in New York City, over the past 10 years, the event has also featured costumes designed by the late Virgil Abloh of Off-WhiteTM, Rosie Assoulin, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Tsumori Chisato, Peter Copping for Oscar de la Renta, Esteban Cortázar, Giles Deacon, Alberta Ferretti, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of MONSE and Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, Mary Katrantzou, Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo, Hanako Maeda of ADEAM, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida, Zuhair Murad, Zac Posen, Gareth Pugh, Narciso Rodriguez, Christopher John Rogers, Jonathan Saunders, Anna Sui, Olivier Theyskens, Iris van Herpen, Dries Van Noten, and Jason Wu. All of the designs have been created in house at the NYCB Costume Shop in collaboration with the designers and NYCB’s Director of Costumes Marc Happel.
Joining Parker as Chairs of the 2022 Fall Fashion Gala are Honorary Chair Steven Kolb, CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America; and co-Chairs Georgina Bloomberg, Andy Cohen, Laverne Cox, Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, Jill Kargman, Diane Kruger, Mazdack and Zanna Rassi, Deborah Roberts, Jordan Roth and Lizzie Tisch.
Benefit-priced tickets for the gala evening, which include the 7pm performance, a pre-performance reception and black-tie supper ball following the performance, are available through the NYCB Special Events Office at 212-870-5585 and at nycballet.com/fallgala. Tickets for the performance only start at $38 and will be available beginning August 8 at nycballet.com, by calling 212-496-0600, or at the David H. Koch Theater box office, located at West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue.