The fall gala of the New York City Ballet relies once again on some great figures of international fashion design as a lure to open its season. On this occasion, Alejandro Gómez Palomo from Córdoba, better known for his firm Palomo Spain, will be one of the three designers invited to dress the stars of the dance company, along with the Belgian designer Raf Simons and the English designer Giles Deacon. The three creatives have been paired —by the work and grace of the actress Sarah Jessica Parker, vice president of the New York City Ballet— with three choreographers to work together on the pieces that can be seen on September 28, during the 10th Fashion Gala of Autumn. The event has been taking place since 2012 and is considered the inaugural event of the New York cultural season.
This tenth edition will be a tribute to Sarah Jessica Parker herself, who promoted this charity initiative that has contributed over the years to raising funds for the ballet. On this occasion, Deacon is the first designer to return to the gala, while Palomo and Simons will join previous collaborators such as Thom Browne, Dries Van Noten, Sarah Burton, Iris Van Herpen, Carolina Herrera, Zuhair Murad, Zac Posen and Valentino. .
Palomo Spain will work with choreographer Gianna Reisen on her third ballet for the company. Marc Happel, costume director of the New York City Ballet, has revealed to the American outlet WWD that the choreographer and the designer have already decided on a scheme of 10 costumes of different colors, each encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
The challenge for Palomo Spain and the rest of the designers is to ensure that their designs do not end up overshadowing the work of the dancers, in the words of Marc Happel to the specialized fashion media: “I think that on many occasions we find ourselves in situations in which it is It is true that the designs are too elaborate, so they can definitely be distracting, but I hope that this time it will not be like that. This gala has always really fought so that the costumes created for the occasion have a prominent role on stage”. Between now and the end of September, he will be in charge of supervising the work of the designers to adjust the costumes and allow mobility on stage.
“Many believed that our success was going to be a flash in the pan. And it hasn’t been like that”, the Cordovan designer commented last May in an interview with this medium. With only 30 years old and since he presented his first collection in 2016 in the programming off of the official MBFW Madrid catwalk and won, in 2018, the prize for young designers Who’s On Next, granted by the Spanish edition of the magazine Vogue, The Palomo Spain brand has managed to dress international names such as Beyoncé herself, who used one of its designs to present her newborn twins, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus or Rita Ora. Recently, he was also in charge of designing Chanel Terrero’s costumes for her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. “Funny, controversial and a bit disturbing”, as defined by Daniel García, the director of iconin his May letter on the occasion of the cover starring the designer in the men’s fashion magazine of EL PAÍS, the truth is that Alejandro Gómez Palomo has managed to escape labels and pigeonholes and demonstrate that dressing celebrities and being praised for their collections in half the world is not at odds with appearing (and setting an example) in reality relatives like sewing masters —recently canceled by RTVE—.
It will not be the first time that Palomo Spain puts its designs at the service of dance: in 2018, the Paris Opera premiered the piece The Male Dancerby the Spanish choreographer Iván Pérez, a ballet queer that questioned traditional masculinity through movement, and whose costumes were in charge of the designer, who dressed the dancers in extravagant outfits loaded with symbolism through sequins, ruffles or feathers and that, according to what Palomo himself recognized at the time to this newspaper, is one of the moments of his life that he remembers most fondly. At least until next September 28.