Joseph Altuzarra Debuts New York Ballet Costumes


When New York Ballet’s principal dancers Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck plié into the air this season, they will do so wearing the custom works of Joseph Altuzarra!

As a former ballet student, Altuzarra knew exactly what to do to match the fluidity of the movements in the costumes. “I was particularly interested in men’s dance costumes; it’s simplicity and how it accentuated and celebrated the dancers’ bodies,” the designer said.

The designer was tasked with creating costumes for two of Wheeldon’s ballets: A Place for Us and Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. “I was thrilled and so excited,” Altuzarra told the Wall Street Journal of his reaction when Wheeldon asked him to create the looks. “It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to expand my mind creatively beyond just my collections.”

The costumes Joseph Altuzarra made for Christopher Wheeldon’s ballet made their debut on Wednesday at the New York City Ballet’s spring gala. It’s interesting to note that this isn’t the first time the New York Ballet has tapped a ready-to-wear designer to create costumes. In past seasons, Nanette LeporeNarciso Rodriguez and Valentino have also had the honor.