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Zegna Takes the Stage

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Outside the Chinati Foundation where Ermenegildo Zegna collaborated with the LA Dance Project.

Last week, in a tiny town in West Texas, a major fashion moment occurred. Marfa, which has long been an art world hub—despite its dusty roads and less than easy access—hosted celebrated ballet choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project who performed wearing Ermenegildo Zegna Couture custom designed looks.

The brand’s Artistic Director, Alessandro Sartori, created this custom costume collection. It was in part inspired by the Chinati Foundation’s art collection, and the designer’s own passion for the arts and a desire to partner with long-time friend Benjamin Millepied.

Held at the Chinati Foundation, and live-streamed out to a global audience, the dancers performed in costumes of a muted color palette of concrete grey, optical white, indigo blue and camel colours. The lightweight fabrics used were created with exclusive blends of silk and jersey, facilitating fluid movement in modern designs. “The extraordinary choreography that Benjamin created for this show inspired me to design a multitude of weightless hyper-stretch silk outfits, since my imagination was to see the dancers flying during the performance,” said Sartori.

The L.A. Dance Project was founded in 2012 by Millepied, along with composers Nico Muhly and Nicholas Britell, art consultant Matthieu Humery and founding producer Charles Fabius. Its mission is to create new work and to revive seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. Programs include full-length evenings in traditional theater venues, as well as site-specific performances in non-traditional environments. New works by the company endeavor to be multidisciplinary collaborations with visual artists, musicians, designers, film directors, and composers.


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