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Fashion And Ballet Go So Well Together, And We Have The Sketches To Prove It

Few things excite us more than when two of our greatest passions collide, so this season's fashion-filled New York City Ballet Gala is giving us many reasons to leap from our seats.

Fashion heavyweights including Carolina Herrera, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Thom Browne and Mary Katrantzou collaborated with New York City Ballet's Costume Shop on sartorial sensations for four ballets, and we got a behind-the-scenes look.

As one might expect, the designers stayed true to their respective aesthetics when approaching ballet costume design. Herrera designed exquisite female costumes that are the picture of elegance, while Browne created suiting designs that are crisp and tailored. Leave it to Burton to bring the drama with a heavy black and gold gown reminiscent of a red carpet look, and Katrantzou to design an airy, colorful creation filled with pattern.

While all the ballets featuring fashion designer costumers will debut at the Fall Gala on Tuesday, September 23, New York City audiences will have the opportunity to see the designs in action again on October 2 at 7:30 p.m.; October 7 at 7:30 p.m.; October 9 at 7:30 p.m.; and October 11 at 8 p.m.

Check out images from the costume shop and sketches from the design houses in the photos below.

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A Carolina Herrera sketch for a costume for Morgen, the 2001 ballet choreographed by Peter Martins that will be performed at New York City Ballet's Fall Gala.
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Another Carolina Herrera sketch for Morgen.
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A third Carolina Herrera sketch for a costume for Morgen.
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Carolina Herrera stands in the New York City Ballet Costume Shop while fitting a costume for Morgen.
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A Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen sketch for a female costume for the new ballet choreographed by Liam Scarlett, which will have its world premiere at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala.
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New York City Ballet Director of Costumes, Marc Happel, works on a costume designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
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A Mary Katrantzou sketch for the male and female costumes for the new ballet choreographed by Justin Peck.
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Happel conducts a fitting for one of the Mary Katrantzou costumes.
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A close-up look at a male costume designed by Mary Katrantzou.
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A Thom Browne sketch for a female costume for the new ballet choreographed by Troy Schumacher.
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A Thom Browne sketch for a male costume.
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Thom Browne stands in the New York City Ballet Costume Shop during a fitting for his costumes for the new ballet choreographed by Troy Schumacher, which will premiere at New York City Ballet’s Fall Gala.
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Thom Browne stands in the New York City Ballet Costume Shop during a fitting for his costumes for the new ballet choreographed by Troy Schumacher.
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