Iain Webb has spent his life, since the age of 14, not only in the company of a ballet but in good ballet company as well. For a man with his striking resume, he’s humble in his accomplishments. Iain has produced and directed international performances as well as international stars. He’s even performed himself as Sancho Panza with The Royal Ballet in Baryshnikov’s production of Don Quixote. It’s all quite impressive.
Iain also happens to be a sharp-dressed man with an uninhibited eye for style, as well as an inherent ability to combine sleek, yet edgy, tailored separates. And he’s known for his signature accessories – a pair of sunglasses and a sophisticated cross-body bag, usually of the Louis Vuitton variety. Here, I caught up with Webb for What I Wear to Work….
Name/Age: Iain Webb, 54
About Me: I’m just me, what you see is what you get. I’m sometimes asked what have I achieved and can never answer this, because there is still so much I have [left] to achieve. I can say that some of the biggest honors thus far have been, meeting Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, being invited by the British government to walk behind Princess Diana’s coffin, being married to Margaret Barbieri, the most beautiful person and ballerina, and of course being director of The Sarasota Ballet.
What I Do:This is my seventh season as director of The Sarasota Ballet. The two greatest things I brought with me to Sarasota were my address book and my incredible wife, Margaret. I have been fortunate to develop a talented and dedicated company of dancers who have enabled me to bring national and international attention to our organization and to the wonderful city of Sarasota. Along with my astute and amazing managing director Mary Anne Servian, assistant Director Margaret Barbieri and a very supportive board, we have laid a strong foundation in order to achieve the greatest of heights and push the boundaries of ballet, as well as to preserve its precious history. It was an enormous honor for the company to perform twice at the Kennedy Center, where we were most recently noted as the “jewel of ballet across America” by the Washington Post, and it was a privilege to represent the city of Sarasota in this way.
If you attend just one thing this season, the New York Times recently said, “The most extraordinary dance adventure in 2013-14 in the United States…it’s set to happen on the Gulf Coast,” and that’s The Sarasota Ballet’s Ashton Festival.
What I’m Wearing: I’ve always loved shopping. When some of the guys from the ballet used to go on the Gay Pride marches, they would chant, “We’re gay, we’re gay and we’re not going shopping,” and I used to tease them and say, “I’m straight but I love shopping!” My go-to look would probably be all black, glasses or sunglasses, and a man bag; however, I do like to shake things up every so often. On opening night of our 2013/2014 season I surprised everyone by wearing a white suit…maybe I’ve been in Florida too long! Today I’m wearing Armani underwear, black leather pants, a red Gucci jacket, black Prada shoes, Gucci diamond dog tags given to me by Tetsuya Kumakawa while I was in Japan, Chrome Heart glasses, a black Armani belt, a Gucci hat and a Louis Vuitton man bag.