"There's Definitely Some Mom Dancing Going on Here"

Packing Them In at the New York City Ballet Spring Gala


Laura Mulleavy, Kate Mulleavy, Benjamin Millepied, and Natalie Portman   
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If Gilles Mendel, who created the costumes for the new Peter Martins' number at the New York City Ballet's Spring Gala last night, had a case of nerves, he sure wasn't showing them. "This is like a total vacation for me," he said as he arrived at Lincoln Center. "But, uh, I did just lose the button to my jacket and if I'm supposed to go on stage and take a bow, I'm not sure what I'll do."

He wasn't the only one in need of a last-minute costume change. Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy and choreographer Benjamin Millepied altered one of the lead ballerina's tutus during a final dress rehearsal for the premiere of his piece Two Hearts earlier in the afternoon. "The truth is," Millepied said after the show, "you go from watching everything in the studio and then bring it all together with costumes and lights, and then you have to have the liberty to do what's best."

Despite their affection for the ballet—the Mulleavys also collaborated with Millepied on Black Swan—Laura admitted, "I've never even put on a pointe shoe." Finishing the thought, Kate added, "When we were little, we'd go see all of the Degas pieces at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena." Later in the night, guests trained in ballet and not took to the dance floor. Watching the crowd shimmying to Christina Aguilera's "Lady Marmalade," one of the waiters said, "Yes, there's definitely some mom dancing going on here."

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