Born in England, Louise Flanagan trained as a classical ballet dancer, graduating from the Royal Ballet School in London in 2006. As a student she performed with The Royal Ballet and from 2006-2008 was a dancer at the Vanemuine Theatre, Estonia.
After two years working full time in a theatre, the focus of her interest moved towards the staging of productions as a costume designer. “I loved the thrill of seeing a new production come together, and seeing how each department - dance, set, costume, music and lighting - has to work as one to ensure the show is a success. As a performer, the costumes you wear are crucial in helping you get into character, and should enhance the choreography whilst emphasising the physique of the dancers.”
Louise went on to attain a BA (Hons) first-class in Dance and Performance Costumes from Middlesex University and completed a professional dressmaking apprenticeship at the Berufsschule für Bekleidung in Munich, Germany before working as a costume maker on many high profile films, musicals and operas in the UK.
Since 2013 she has been working as a freelance costume designer based in Munich, Germany and amongst others has designed costumes for the following dance productions: One (Ballett am Rhein, Düsseldorf) and Streichquintett (Bavarian State Ballet II) choreographed by Terence Kohler, X² (Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, Moscow), Mama, ich kann fliegen (Bavarian State Ballet), Old News and The Rite (Origen Festival Cultural, Switzerland) choreographed by Dustin Klein, The Snow Queen and Beauty and the Beast (Vanemuine Theatre, Estonia) choreographed by Silas Stubbs, Individuell (Bayerisches Junior Ballett Munich) choreographed by Peter Leung and Der Tod und das Mädchen/Les petites choses qui disparaissent (Theater Regensburg Tanz) choreographed by Yuki Mori and Fabien Prioville.