THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF
NEW YORK CITY'S BALLETS WITH A TWIST
Dance Cocktail Couture at Its Best
"The costume designs by Catherine Zehr turned the performance into performance art..."
"When Marilyn creates a new dance cocktail, she sometimes begins with very abstract ideas. A simple feeling or movement could be the inspiration, or she may have some specific vision she wants to convey. My job is to figure out how to dress the dancer as a character that the audience can understand, and also to help tell the story. We create starting from different points, but we always end up making it work."
— Designer Catherine Zehr
Catherine Zehr is the artistic force behind the company’s costume design. Her creations evoke the origins and essence of each dance with dazzling colors and ornamentation. Zehr honed her skills while working at major American fashion houses, then by designing and manufacturing attire for her own label. She studied art and design at Washington University and New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, where she and the company delivered the presentation “Designing Costumes for Ballets with a Twist” as part of The Museum at FIT's Fashion Culture series.