Justin Peck’s Belles Lettres, with music by César Franck, is essentially, the backdrop for Katrantzou’s most recent design collaboration.
Since 2009, Justin Peck’s choreographically striking works have grown. QUINTET, MISE-EN-PLACE, YADDO SHADOW and CAPRICIOUS MANEUVERS, are just a small selection of his works; similar, since Mary Katrantzou’s early emergence into the fashion industry, her list of collaborative projects have grown tremendously, with having the likes of Swarovski, Gianvito Rossi, Longchamp and Adidas, as some of her fellow collaborators.
The title of the piece was crafted from a dual perspective: the basic description of Mary’s work and a category of literature valued for its elegant aesthetics.
The title, according to the choreographer has a dual meaning: One, the basic description of Ms. Katrantzou’s work, and two, a category of literature valued for its elegant aesthetics. Taking notes from her resort 2015 collection, Mary sought to construct a second skin for the dancers, incorporating the love letter lace applique into the garments to look as though they are floating on the body. The final creation consists of nude dresses for the ballerinas, with a light and airy tulle skirt for the women and bodysuits for the men.
This is just one of many projects on the rise, in which we are seeing the blending of a variety of artistic mediums. Katrantzou herself, has studied the mediums of architecture, textile design and her work has been predominately within fashion womenswear, therefore her own eclectic studies, as well as artistically profound upbringing, has formed a strong foundation for the works in which Katrantzou has been seen to be working on in recent years.
The brief was to create unique ensembles that were both visually stunning and fully functional; the result was nude, fitted leotards with lavender, yellow and burgundy lace appliqués inspired by the Mary Katrantzou Resort ’15 collection.
Twenty-seven year old Justin Peck’s ballet premiered at New York’s Lincoln Center, and on opening night, a number of fashion and dance notables were there; Sarah Jessica Parker attended, wearing a Katrantzou whilst other guests included Mikhail Baryshnikov, Indre Rockefeller and Indre Rockefeller.
The twenty-one minute ballet, though one-of-a-kind, joins the many stage performances which have had their costumes designed by fashions greets innovators. Miuccia Prada, Emmanuel Ungaro and Christian Lacroix, are just a selection of designers who have worked on a variety of operas, whilst Carolina Herrera, Sarah Burton (Alexander McQueen) and Thom Browne are the other designers whom have designer for the nights ballet performances.
Belles Lettres Performed by:
Rebecca Krohn, Lauren Lovette, Ashley Laracey, Brittany Pollack, Jared Angle, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Tyler Angle, Taylor Stanley, Anthony Huxley