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Yumiko Takeshima

Costume designer


Japanese dancer and costume designer Yumiko Takeshima made her Royal Ballet debut in 2013, creating the costume designs for David Dawson’s The Human Seasons.

Takeshima was born in Asahikawa and studied at the Miharu Ishikawa Ballet School and San Francisco Ballet School. She has danced with Universal Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Eliot Feld Ballet, New York, Dutch National Ballet and Semperoper Ballet, Dresden, as a principal dancer. She has designed costumes for Dawson since 2000, for ballets including A Million Kisses to My Skin, Grey Area, 00:00, Gentle Chapter, Reverence, Giselle, The World According to Us, Faun(e) and Swan Lake. She has also designed costumes for George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, William Forysthe, Martin Lawrence, Anna Lopez Ochoa and Darrel Toulon.

Takeshima founded the dancewear company Yumiko in 2002. The company was the official dancewear supplier for Darren Aronofsky’s film Black Swan (2010).

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