"There is no other you, so what's interesting about you is you," stated Alonzo King to a packed room of students during a conversation at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. King was on hand to speak with young designers about the relationship of costuming to dance. In a medium that requires considerable range of motion, versatility - in the design and materials - is key. When designing for LINES Ballet, Creative Director Robert Rosenwasser spends hours observing King’s choreography in studio, sketching out designs that meet King’s esthetic vision as well as the practical needs of the ballet and dancer. There is a lot to be considered, like, will the beading on Meredith’s bodice catch on the set as she climbs across its cardboard wall? Needless to say, many of the creations end up on the marley floor (so to speak).
LINES Ballet currently collaborates with FIDM alum Colleen Quen, whose couture designs were most recently featured in Alonzo King’s Scheherazade. It was an honor for Alonzo to meet with future graduates of FIDM; and there are hopes for further collaboration.