The Frenchman François-Noël Cherpin is an Amsterdam-based costume designer, whose imaginative designs have received great acclaim in the Netherlands and abroad.
Cherpin was a dancer with Dutch National Ballet from 1988 to 1997, and was already designing costumes during his dancing career. His first designs were for Ted Brandsen’s Motel Dances (1990) and Cherpin has been Brandsen’s regular costume designer ever since.
Following his dancing career, Cherpin studied fashion design, graduating from the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, in Paris, in 2002. In the same year, he won first prize at the Paris Concours du Salon International de la Lingerie. Cherpin has since created the designs for many Dutch National Ballet productions, including Carmen, Who Cares?, Paquita, Ballet Imperial and the full-length productions Coppelia and Mata Hari. He also works with several international ballet companies. Recently, Cherpin designed the costumes for the animation and live action ballet film Coppelia, based on the ballet by Ted Brandsen. He is currently working on the costumes for a new production of Cinderella, choreographed by Raimondo Rebeck, which will premiere with the Astana Opera Ballet, in Kazakhstan, in October 2022. This season, Cherpin will also design the costumes for a new work by Ted Brandsen, for Polish National Ballet, and the costumes for a new work by Raphaël Coumes-Marquet, for Semperoper Ballett.