Yumiko Takeshima


Born in Asahikawa, Japan to parents who owned a small Kimono business, Takeshima began dancing at the age of four in Sapporo, Japan. At the age of 14 she left home to study with the San Francisco Ballet school, soon after receiving her first professional dance contract. In 1993, Yumiko Takeshima joined the Dutch National Ballet, where she continued to develop her passion for designing dancewear and costumes. In early 2002 she launched YUMIKO dancewear and the YumiGirl Network. Takeshima has designed costumes for numerous choreographers, most notably David Dawson and William Forsythe and has been praised in the press for designing some of the most simple und beautiful  dance costumes in the European dance world. Since Yumiko's retirement from dance in April 2014, Yumiko has been focused on designing and developing new styles and products for the company.