By D'Shonda Brown ·Updated June 22, 2022

On Thursday, June 16, Artistic Director Robert Battle led Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Ailey Spirit Gala as part of their 2022 Lincoln Center. Including Honorary Chair Grammy® Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actress, singer, and producer Cynthia Erivo, other star-studded guests included prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy, and politics attended the gala such as Lena Waithe, Legendary Damon, Tremaine Emory, Savion Glover, Ally Love, Amy Poehler, Amy Sherald and, TK Wonder.

While standing towards the far left of the red carpet, a tall, fabulous figure standing at 6’5″ approached me. It was none other than renowned runway coach Miss J Alexander – looking as fabulous as always with a beautiful natural accompanied by violet-purple hues of glam to match his sleeves and scarf from his ensemble.

“The floral printed silk brocade suit, I created myself from fabric I took from the donated fabric room at [The Savannah College of Art and Design] in Savannah, GA about three years ago, but I never wore it until that night including the purple chiffon long sleeve top underneath,” Miss J told me in detail about his red carpet look for the spirit gala. “[The] floral corsage was just an added touch.”

Rather than asking for the inspiration behind the outfit, I decided to ask the former America’s Next Top Model judge about what gala fashion means to him. “Being creative, being over-the-top, and just being your authentic self. That’s what gala fashion means to me,” he said confidently as he strutted away.

Inside the 2022 Ailey Spring Gala after-party at the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, New York on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

“Ailey gala fashion is different from gala fashion. Ailey gala fashion is dancer fabulous. I’ve seen more Lamé and trains, and those are on the boys. It really is such an artistic expression of who you are. You can look around and tell who people are by what they’re wearing, and that’s always fun,” Lorraine Toussaint chimed in during our red carpet interview. The Equalizer actress graced the

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