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Top fashion designer Monique Lhuillier’s whimsical confections can often be spotted on celebrity brides and style heavy-hitters, but recently they have found a new home: the Los Angeles Ballet. Lhuillier partnered with the company for its Season 10 Gala at the Skirball Cultural Center to honor beauty, dance and several visionaries who have contributed tirelessly to the arts.
With her creative partnership, Lhuillier, transformed the center’s Guerin Pavilion into an installation of strategically placed dancers, each outfitted in her designs in order to represent some highly memorable seasons of the company’s past decade. Some of the 10 looks from her archive included tributes to Kate Highstrete and Andrew Brader in the back the forth; Allyssa Bross, Christopher Revels and LAB Ensemble in Giselle and Allynne Noelle and Kenta Shimizu in Swan Lake.
“I absolutely love the ballet and always have. I danced as a child, and my daughter just enrolled in LAB’s ballet school, so getting involved felt like a natural fit, particularly as creative director,” said Lhuillier. “I really wanted to infuse fashion and ballet and show the relevance of the two. I loved the creative process of designing the installation and watching it come to life on the night.”
This year, the gala honored chairman and CEO of the W.M. Keck Foundation Robert Day with the Angel Award, and performer Ben Vereen with the Global Impact Award with tributes from Ghada Irani and performer Debbie Allen. Guests such as Sherry Lansing and her husband, William Friedkin, Barbara and Nancy Davis, and Flesh and Bone star Sarah Hay were treated to a three-course dinner while taking in a performance of Los Angeles Ballet’s world premiere of Don Quixote.
Proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales and auction items raised money for the LAB, including their arts outreach programs. In addition, guests were given the opportunity to sponsor a dancer during the live auction, in order to provide much-needed dance supplies for their day-to-day practices.
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