December 30, 2014

By Contributor

Photos courtesy of Yiqing Yin

Antwerp, Belgium – French couturier Yiqing Yin has created the costumes for the classical ballet Tristan and Isolde. Based on the Richard Wagner’s original work and with choreography by Giorgio Mancini, it stars both Dorothée Gilbert and Mathieu Ganio from Paris’s Opéra Garnier. The world premiere took place on December 28th at the Opera of Florence where the show will last until January 4, 2015.

“I wanted for Tristan and Isolde to create costumes which can express real emotions”, says Yin, who relied upon silk organza for the creation of the costumes.

Tristan & Isolde costumes by Yiqing Yin

Tristan & Isolde costumes by Yiqing Yin

The couturier went on to declare, “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.”

Yiqing Yin emigrated from China to France with her family at the age of 4. She studied at the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs. Since January 2012, Yiqing Yin is a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. An award-winning couturier, her work is renowned for its complete examination of the dynamic potential of pleats and structures which are “never fixed”, and for shapes that are “always in mutation”.