The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the New York-based Parsons The New School for Design have launched a pilot scheme to redesign concert attire for orchestral musicians.

Sixteen Parsons students will work on the project this autumn, observing BSO players as they perform, and designing prototypes of concert clothing that incorporate new fabrics and materials.

The project is being funded by the BSO's music director Marin Alsop, who said: 'Our goal is to erase any pre-conceived notions of what a concert should look like. The basic concert black has been the status quo for hundreds of years. It's time to reinvent the modern orchestra.'