For the New York City Ballet Fall Gala this year, dancers took to the stage in costumes designed by Mary Katrantzou inspired by her Resort 15 collection. Belles Lettres, a beautiful performance was choreographed by newly appointed resident choreographer, Justin Peck's piece, set to an untitled piano piece by César Franck. 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 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.

Discover the creative process behind the collection.