François-Noël Cherpin

Costume designer

He is a French costume designer, based in Amsterdam. His designs have received great acclaim in the Netherlands and abroad. He 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 he has been his regular costume designer ever since. Following his dancing career, he 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. Since then, he created the designs for many Dutch National Ballet productions, including divertissement from Paquita by Rachel Beaujean, Carmen by Brandsen, Who Cares? and Ballet Imperial by Balanchine, and the full-length Ted Brandsen’s productions of Coppelia and Mata Hari. He also works with international ballet companies. Recently, he designed the costumes for the animation and live action ballet film Coppelia, based on the ballet by Ted Brandsen. In 2022 he created costumes for the Astana Opera Ballet, Kazakhstan for a new production of Cinderella, choreographed by Raimondo Rebeck. In the season 2022/23 he has also designed the costumes for a new work by Ted Brandsen, for Polish National Ballet, a new works by Raphaël Coumes-Marquet (in Semperoper Ballett) and by Milena Sidorova (Dutch National Ballet)