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Raf Simons, Palomo Spain, Giles Deacon to Design Costumes for New York City Ballet

Send in the tulle: New York City Ballet will mark 10 years of fall fashion galas this fall with a new set of costumes from globally recognized designers.

On Sept. 28, the company will mark the event’s milestone anniversary with costume schemes designed by Raf Simons, Palomo Spain by Alejandro Gómez Palomo and Giles Deacon. As in previous years, the designers will work in tandem with choreographers to present an original new ballet that aims to defy traditions of movement and aesthetic.

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Deacon is the gala’s first repeat designer, while Palomo and Simons will join past collaborators including Thom Browne, Dries Van Noten, Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton and Iris Van Herpen.

Originally devised by Sarah Jessica Parker in 2012, the institution of fashion at City Ballet has proven lucrative for the company, while at times falling afoul of dance purists. In its decade-long run the fall fashion gala has proven financially important — raising more than $24 million in donations. But when examining the larger whole, ballets to emerge from the gala have debuted to questionable success — a select few have become repertory classics, while others have been shelved into the archives.

City Ballet costume director Marc Happel said that this is par for the course. “There will always be those two camps — the camp that does not like overly-designed dance because it distracts from the dancers and choreography, and I do understand that. But coming from a theatrical background myself, I think costume really lends itself to ballet and can create a mood and sense of place.”

Happel sees himself as a chief facilitator for the choreographer and designer’s vision. “I think a lot of the time I run into a situation where the costumes can be over-designed or over-embellished and that

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