Couturier Yiqing Yin Creates Tristan and Isolde Ballet Costumes


Paris –based couturier Yiqing Yin, who will return to the couture catwalk in January after skipping the last season, created the costumes for the ballet “ Tristan and Isolde,” that premiered on December 28th at the Opera of Florence. “I wanted for Tristan and Isolde to create costumes which can express real emotions,” Yiqing Yin explained, “I like the idea of infusing life and soul into creations through the use of gestures and body language, which finishes the garment: dance as a way to materialize realms of imagination.”

“For Tristan and Isolde, it is that of an insoluble love and lethal passion. I focused on the notions of constant transformation in volumes and movements, in order for the garments to become the imprint of the dancer’s bodies, their respirations and vibrations. The fabrics evolve freely as an extension of their emotio­ns, due to their extreme lightness, they bear witness to an enhanced sense of sensuality but also to a hopeless fragility,” she added in a statement.

The ballet, which is running until January 4, is performed by Dorothée Gilbert and Mathieu Ganio, two stars of the Opera Garnier, and choreographed by Giorgio Mancini, based on Richard Wagner’s original work.