Apollo (originally Apollon musagète and variously known as Apollo musagetes) was composed between 1927 and 1928 by Igor Stravinsky and was choreographed by George Balanchine in 1928. The scenery and costumes were designed by André Bauchant with new costumes by Coco Chanel in 1929.
As early as ballet’s beginnings, Chanel was a huge influence. Chanel’s original costume design literally set the stage for this timeless ballet that is still being performed around the world to this day. Although many ballet companies have new variations on her design, Karl Lagerfeld - the creative director of the Chanel since 1983, most recently has created costumes for the English National Ballet, justifiably after the famous Coco.
The National Ballet of Canada in Apollo
Karl Lagerfeld and dancers from the The English National Ballet
“The main challenge is that they [the dancers] can move in the clothes. The physical ease of the dancers is the most important thing.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld