Behind the Curtain: A Glimpse Into the Wardrobe Department at the NYC Ballet

From Ballet Beautiful workouts to Boxing Ballerina-themed New York Fashion Week presentations, ballet is without a doubt having a major pop culture moment. But I remain a purist to a certain degree, so when the opportunity presented itself to sneak backstage (ok, no sneaking was involved, I was actually part of an official tour group) at the New York City Ballet, I leapt - like a dancer, but much less gracefully.

Archived in the David H. Koch Theater, and a complement to the Costume Shop housed in a separate building, the Wardrobe Department archives all men's and women's costumes for current and recurring repertory pieces.  Included in the mix were the iconic costumes from pieces as theoretically opposing as Balanchine's Swan Lake and The Nutcracker to the wild digitally printed leotards and paper tutu from the recent Art Series featuring JR. Take a peek through the gallery for a glimpse, and more Capezio tights, leotards and tulle than you could possibly imagine. 

Capezio, a sponsor of the NYCB

The Sugar Plum Fairy Costume

Sugar Plum Fairy Costume Details (The Nutcracker)

Dewdrop Fairy Costume Details (The Nutcracker)

Costume Accessories in No-Frills Storage

Layers of Tulle Create an Iridescent Effect

The Paper Tutu from the Art Series by JR

Discarded Pointe Shoes

Queued Up