December 8, 2003
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE COMMITS TO THE RESTORATION OF AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE'S LEGENDARY COSTUMES
New York, New York – December 8, 2003 – Saks Fifth Avenue is threading the needle for American Ballet Theatre. Saks, as Leading Corporate Sponsor of the ABT Costume Fund, has donated an initial gift of $50,000 to the Company’s new campaign. This critical initiative is dedicated to the restoration, replacement, and archiving of ABT’s vast collection of costumes, many of which date from the 1940’s and are still used today. As one of the industry’s leading luxury retailers, Saks understands the craftsmanship and care that is essential for the creation and preservation of these unique pieces of art.
ABT is America’s national ballet company and one of the most prominent dance companies in the world. Throughout its history, ABT has forged creative partnerships with some of the most distinguished choreographers in dance including ballet legends Sir Frederick Ashton and Agnes de Mille, as well as contemporary masters Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, and Paul Taylor. The Company has been home to such legendary performers as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and Cynthia Gregory, as well as the acclaimed stars of today including Paloma Herrera, Angel Corella and Ethan Stiefel. With world-class performances and extensive education and outreach programs, ABT brings the magic of ballet to audiences of more than 600,000 annually in the United States and abroad.
Fred Wilson, President and CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue said, “Saks Fifth Avenue strongly believes in giving back to the community we serve. Fashion is art and the costumes that dress the dancers of American Ballet Theatre are no exception. We are thrilled to be a part of the restoration of these historic pieces.”
Artistic Director, Kevin McKenzie said, “Great partnerships are crucial both onstage and off – and we are thrilled to have Saks’ incredible support.”
Saks’ support as Leading Corporate Sponsor will also enable people across the United States to view many of ABT’s glorious costumes with window displays and personal appearances by the artists of ABT at Saks stores throughout the country.
Saks Fifth Avenue is a part of Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises, which includes 62 Saks Fifth Avenue stores nationwide, 52 OFF 5th Outlet Stores and saks.com. Saks Fifth Avenue Enterprises is a member of the Saks Incorporated group.