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Holly Hynes

Costume designer


American costume designer Holly Hynes made her Royal Opera House debut in 2000 when San Francisco Ballet performed Christopher Wheeldon’s Sea Pictures on the main stage, and made her Royal Ballet debut that year on Wheeldon’s There Where She Loves. She created costume designs for Wheeldon’s Polyphonia and After the Rain and George Balanchine’s Tzigane, performed by The Royal Ballet, and was costume consultant for The Royal Ballet’s production of Balanchine’s Jewels.

Hynes has designed more than 250 ballets. She was Director of Costumes at NYCB for 21 years, where she designed 70 ballets. Other international companies that have used her designs include American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, La Scala, Milan, Mariinsky Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Royal Danish Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, where she has served as Resident Costume Designer since 2001. She has also designed for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and on Broadway.

Hynes is costume consultant for the Jerome Robbins Estate and the George Balanchine Trust, serving many companies in Europe and the United States including the Kirov, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, State Opera of Berlin, Hamburg Ballet, Het National and The Royal Ballet.