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), since when Cherpin has been Brandsen’s regular costume designer.
Following his dancing career, Cherpin studied fashion design, graduating from the École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, in Paris, in 2002. Cherpin has since created the designs for many Dutch National Ballet productions, including Carmen, Who Cares?, Paquita, Ballet Imperial and Brandsen’s full-length productions Coppelia and Mata Hari.
Cherpin also works with several international ballet companies as a designer. Last season, for example, he designed the costumes for a new production of Cinderella, choreographed by Raimondo Rebeck, for the Astana Opera Ballet, in Kazakhstan, and the costumes for Ted Brandsen’s Eroica Variations, a new work for Polish National Ballet.
Last update: 14 September 2023