HE looks like a flying Scotsman – but this tartan-clad ballet star is actually French.
The Scottish plaid outfits have been going down a storm with fans during a tour of France.
Paris Opera Ballet bosses turned to Langholm-based boutique firm Kynoch 1788 to produce bespoke material for two sets of dazzling Scottish outfits – in red and blue – for their production of the romantic ballet La Sylphide, one of the world’s oldest, and most romantic, ballets, which is set in Scotland.
1200 metres of wool tweed were specially dyed and woven by Kynoch textile designer Kay Hodgson, whose top-end clients include Chanel, Burberry and Hermes.
“I developed the fabric from old patterns from an original production of La Sylphide in Paris in the 1960s,” said Kay.
“I was tasked with translating the designs into more modern fabric. It was challenging but I was delighted with the results.”
Paris Opera Ballet is regarded as one of the three leading dance companies in the world, alongside the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet and the London Royal Ballet.
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