When NYO-USA takes the stage for the first time on July 11, the players will be sporting a fresh new look styled by Fred Bernstein, courtesy of Macy's. This youthful, fun, and elegant take on traditional concert attire gives NYO-USA a striking visual identity to match the spirit of its players.
This week, Fred Bernstein and his team are visiting the orchestra during its residency at Purchase College, SUNY to fit the musicians and put the finishing touches on the look.
From left to right: stylist Fred Bernstein, resident assistant Marie Daniels, and assistant stylist Damien Shippee model the look on the opening day of NYO-USA.
Violinist Tabitha Oh displays the Converse sneakers.
The clothes are prepared for fittings by Martin Prelle-Tworek, Staff Draper/Workroom Supervisor, The Costume Shop, The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, SUNY.
Bernstein describes the style as "a modern take on traditional evening attire, using red trousers instead of black. The black sateen jacket has tonal satin details on the collar with satin covered buttons. It's accompanied by a white woven shirt and black skinny tie for the young men and a white sateen sleeveless shell for the young women, finished with a black silk chiffon kerchief. The red sateen slim trouser has a tab closure and tonal satin waistband. All members of NYO-USA will be sporting black canvas low top Converse tennis shoes with a white-stars pattern."
Though there is no simple answer to the question of how to best dress a youth orchestra, Carnegie Hall is proud to put forward a fresh idea through NYO-USA. While orchestral attire is known for being famously formal, ensembles around the globe, especially youth orchestras, have tweaked their appearance in recent years. The look gives these young musical ambassadors an international appeal while still remaining distinctly American. Follow the orchestra on Facebook to see the final product after their first performance next week.