Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker to chair gala

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is chair of this year's New York City Ballet fashion benefit.

The event will benefit the New York City Ballet and will take place in September.

Choreographers will partner with designers who will create impressive pieces for three world premieres of the dance company's four-week fall/winter season.

Natalie Portman's husband, Benjamin Millepied, came up with the amazing dance sequences in Black Swan and will pair with Dutch designer Iris van Herpen.

New York City Ballet's soloist Justin Peck will collaborate with Prabal Gurung, and Olivier Theykens' fashion brain will be picked for a costume for an Angelin Preljocaj-choreographed piece.

Former Sex and the City star Sarah is a member of the New York City Ballet board and has always been a fan, but this will be the first time she is official chair of the gala.

She previously hinted at a fashion collaboration after last year's gala featured costumes designed by Valentino Garavani, who is close friends with the actress.

"I started thinking about the future of the company, and what was most important was building the audience of the next generation of ticket buyers," she told The New York Times at the time.

"Around that time the tents were moving from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, and I thought that was possibly very fortuitous, because I know that fashion tends to have a younger audience, if we could somehow marry the two ideas."

This year's gala will take place at the Lincoln Center on September 19 and tickets can be purchased online at nycballet.com for $29.

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