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August 23 2014

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Backstage At The Ballet

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With Rodarte on the bill as costume collaborators, the New York City Ballet’s upcoming spring gala is one that has the fashion set buzzing. But that’s not the only fashion brand in the mix; Swarovski also teamed up with the ballet for the newly redesigned costumes for George Balanchine’s Symphony in C. New York City Ballet’s director of costumes, Marc Happel, scattered more than 105,000 crystals and stones in midnight blue, black diamond, jet, and crystal on the 62 costumes and tiaras for the piece, which was (fittingly) originally called Le Palais de Cristal (Crystal Palace). “Ultimately, the challenge was to design a ballet that is modern and hopefully timeless but at the same time is completely comfortable for our dancers,” Happel tells Style.com of the project, which took a little over a year to complete. Here, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the costumes as they came together.

Photo: Nick Bentgen

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