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Videos featuring Ms. Hynes' works and other projects.
olly Hynes is an accomplished costume designer with over 250 ballets to her credit, including more than 70 at New York City Ballet. Hynes’ designs are also on view in companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre; The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Russia; National Ballet of Canada; La Scala Ballet in Milan, Italy; The Kirov Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia; The Royal Ballet in London; Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris, The Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen; Bulgarian State Ballet in Sofia, Bulgaria, Miami City Ballet; Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen in Antwerp, Belgium; San Francisco Ballet; Houston Ballet; Den Norske Ballet in Oslo, Norway; Finnish National; BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio; Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Ballet Vancouver, Canada; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Canada; American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, New Jersey; Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle, Washington; Atlanta Ballet, Georgia; Nashville Ballet, Tennessee; Ballet Pacifica, California; Dance Galaxy, New York; Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, Illinois; and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, 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' fluid white silks for Ratmansky's Seven Sonatas."

Recently, Ms. Hynes has been working on Kabalevsky Concerto for Strings, a dance project by Marcelo Gomes for ABT II, set to open in 2017.

Ballet Costume Consulting

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 historical ballet works, she is a leading authority in the accurate recreation of the original designs for Balanchine and Robbins ballet costumes. Hynes has assisted many companies both in the U.S. and abroad including the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Denmark; Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris, France; Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, France; The Bavarian State Ballet, Munich, Germany; The Cincinnati Ballet, Ohio; San Francisco Ballet, California; The Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham, England; The Royal Ballet, London, England; Miami City Ballet, Florida; La Scala Theatre Ballet, Milan, Italy; Dutch National Ballet, Amsterdam; Hamburg Ballet, Germany; Staatsballett Berlin, Germany; Sempperoper Dresden in Germany and the Mariinsky Ballet, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Theatrical and Opera Design

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.

Art Work and Publications

DANCE magazine cover - June 2007

  DANCE Magazine - June, 2007 - cover: female principal costume from Peter Quanz's Kaleidoscope for ABT.

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 and has had six of her costumes featured on covers of the 1994-95 New York State Theater Playbills, also at Lincoln Center. 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.

Podcasts, Lectures and Appearances

Listen to Holly Hynes interview on Conversations with Creative WomenFeatured in a podcast, produced and hosted by former New York City 1010 WINS radio anchor Sandie Klein, and aptly named "Conversations with Creative Women," Ms. Hynes articulately discusses her years of experience leading to a distinguished and prominent career as a prominent ballet designer.

Listen to Holly Hynes interview on Conversations with Creative Women

Ms. Hynes was featured on San Francisco Ballet's Meet the Artist Interview Podcasts before the premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's "Number Nine."


In May, 2007, her thoughts on designing for the ballet were archived in a video titled, "Speaking of Dancing" for the Jerome Robbins dance division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City.

In October, 2014, Ms. Hynes was a guest Skype lecturer for the "Behind the Scenes with Artists: Life Long Learning" lecture series, on Hilton Head Island, SC. Ms. Hynes and her husband produced three videos in which she talks about her inspiration, collaboration and research process in conceiving ballet costume designs for upcoming projects. for the seminar.

In fall of 2010, Ms. Hynes was invited with another colleague to give a presentation entitled, "See the Music - Hear the Dance" in Florence, Italy at the Second Costume Colloquium celebrating dress for dance.

Personal Life

Her proudest accomplishments are her two children, both artists and her marriage to husband Jim Zulakis for 37 years.

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