Peter Copping Designs for the New York City Ballet

The newly appointed Creative Director of Oscar de la Renta had more than one collection to put together for this month. After completing his second collection for Spring 2016 collection, solidifying his role at the fashion power house, Peter Copping took on the endeavor of creating the costumes for this year’s New York City Ballet Fall Gala for the revival of “Thou Swell”– his first time designing for the stage rather than the runway.

With this debut, Copping joins the plethora of exquisite talent that have had their work grace the New York City Ballet stage – Thom Browne, Prabal Gurung, Carolina HerreraMary Katrantzou, Olivier Theyskens, Iris Van Herpen, and Valentino – superb company to keep, we must say. 

This season Thou Swell – which first premiered in 2003 and was last performed by the NYCB in 2013 – joins four world premiering ballet’s to be performed on the evening of September 30th, with Thou Swell closing out the evening. The ballet itself utilizes more than 15 classic Richard Rodgers scores and evokes the romance and glamour of the Rainbow Room during its heyday of the 1930’s. It features four principal female dancers representing four nightlife archetypes: the romantic, the flirt, the vixen and the queen of which Copping focused on bold and bright colors, movement and making an impact from a distance for each of their costumes. For example, he created a deep emerald green fringe dress for the flirt, a sapphire embellished blue cape for the queen, a full rose gold sequin body hugging dress for the romantic and a wild fuchsia boa for the vixen.

Buy your tickets now (through the link below) for what is sure to be a sensationally beautiful display of dance, fashion and art.

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