The Pennsylvania Ballet’s Angel Corella Dishes on His Style

Ralph Lauren is among the Artistic Director’s many favorite designers.

Angel Corella, Media, Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet

Favorite designers: They include Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren and El Ganso (a Spanish brand that means “the Goose”).  

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What he’s wearing this fall: It’s essential to dress appropriately for where you’re going, your age, the temperature outside and the venue. If I’m going to sit in on dress rehearsal, I’ll most likely wear jeans and a button- down. When I go to watch the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Speed and Precision performance this month, I’ll wear a nice suit and bow tie. Clothes can say a lot about who you are. Being European, I take it seriously. 

He loves: Everything—shoes, clothing, accessories. There is a Ralph Lauren store close to the Academy of Music that I frequent when we’re in technical and dress rehearsals. I often go through periods where I focus on one thing, such as backpacks, belts, sunglasses, jeans and, of course, shoes and sneakers. 

Style icon: I don’t have one. If there’s a style I like, I wear it. My style has changed over time. I used to wear clothes that drew attention to me—like wearing leather jackets and having my eyebrow pierced. Today, in my role as artistic director, I’ve taken on a more classic style that doesn’t draw attention.

Go-to casual outfit for a Saturday out: A pair of jeans, a blue shirt, a jacket, and Cole Haan LunarGrand Chukka shoes.

Go-to outfit for a Saturday night in the city: If I were going to dinner, I’d wear dark or black jeans, a button-down shirt, and a velvet jacket. If I’m doing something more formal, I’d wear a Paul Smith suit that has a colored liner–that allows me to have a pop of color by rolling up my sleeves–along with a bow tie and pocket scarf.

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Favorite thing in his closet: A leather Burberry coat. 

Item that gets the most wear: Definitely my jeans. 

Photo by Tessa Marie Images.

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