Holly Hynes

Daphnis and Chloe
Seven Sonatas
The Sleeping Beauty
Whipped Cream

Holly Hynes is an accomplished costume designer with  250 ballets to her credit, including 70 at New York City Ballet. Hynes’ designs are also on view in companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre; The Bolshoi Ballet; National Ballet of Canada; La Scala Ballet The Kirov Ballet; The Royal Ballet; Ballet de l'Opèra National de Paris, The Royal Danish Ballet; Bulgarian State Ballet, Miami City Ballet; Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen; San Francisco Ballet; Houston Ballet; Den Norske Ballet; Finnish National; BalletMet; Pennsylvania Ballet; Ballet Vancouver, Canada; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Canada; American Repertory Ballet; Pacific Northwest Ballet; Atlanta Ballet; Nashville Balle; Ballet Pacifica; Dance Galaxy; Joffrey Ballet; and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, where she has served as the resident costume designer for 15 years.

Of her acclaimed work at ABT, and that of other world class designers and artists, writer Mario R. Mercado wrote, "Stage pictures-vivid and memorable-have captured the public's imagination: the big, western sky by Oliver Smith for Rodeo, Christian Lacroix's riotous colors in Gaîté Parisienne, the painterly decor of Pier Luigi Samaritani for La Bayedère, Santo Loquasto's bowlers and crush velvets in Push Comes to Shove, painter David Salle's provocative postmodern tableaux for The Mollino Room, and Holly Hynes's fluid white silks for Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas.

Layla and the Mainun, one of Hynes' most recent dance projects, by Paul Vasterling for Nashville Basllet,  opened in April of 2016 where she is now designing Paul's new version of Appalachian Springs. She is also currently designing new costumes for  Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux's The Nutcracker for Charlotte Ballet for December 2016 as well as a new design for Balanchine's Gounod Symphony for Suzanne Farrell's Ballet for the fall of 2016.

For 21 years, Hynes served as the Director of Costumes for New York City Ballet.

Recognized as a leading authority in the reproduction of important ballet works, the Jerome Robbins Estate and the George Balanchine Trust have entrusted her to represent all parties, as the primary authority for original costume reproduction. This has involved work with many companies both here and abroad.

Hynes’ theatrical designs include two Broadway productions at Circle in the Square Theatre: On Borrowed Time, directed by George C. Scott, and George Bernard Shaw’s Getting Married, as well as a dozen plays and musicals at the off-Broadway York Theatre. Her opera designs include La Gioconda at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, featured in Christopher Wheeldon’s Dance of the Hours; and The Music Master, Gerard Schwarz, conducting.

Four of her costume renderings remain as part of the permanent collection of the Theatre Wing of the Museum of the City of New York. She has exhibited renderings and watercolors in two gallery shows at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Hynes’ designs for six miniature ballerina dolls were featured in the 1996 Christmas decorations at the White House and will
remain in the permanent collection of the President William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1997, she was honored with a one-woman show of her costumes, sketches and photographs at the Marvin Cone Galleries, at Coe College, her alma mater, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. From 2008 to 2009, three of her costumes for dance were featured in “CURTAIN CALL: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance,” an exhibition shown at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, New York, NY.

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