Born in England, Louise Flanagan trained as a classical ballet dancer, graduating from the Royal Ballet School in London in 2006.


From 2006-2008, she worked as a ballet dancer at the Vanemuine Theatre, Estonia, performing in a range of productions including Giselle, (Choreographer: Stanislav Feco) Peer Gynt, (Choreographer: Mare Tommingas) Onegin, (Choreographer: Vassili Medvedjev) and The Nutcracker (Choreographer: Pär Isberg).


After two years working full time in a theatre whilst developing her design skills, the focus of her interest moved towards the staging of a production, as a costume designer. “I loved the thrill of seeing a new production come together, and seeing how each department-dance, set and costume-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 emphasizing the physique of the dancers.”


She attained 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 England.


In early 2013, she returned to the Vanemuine Theatre, Estonia, as the costume designer for the ballet ‘Beauty and the Beast’, choreographed by Silas Stubbs and in December 2013 worked with the choreographer Terence Kohler designing the costumes for his ballet ‘Streichquintett’ for the Bavarian State Ballet II. She is also the costume designer and a founding member of the dance-theatre group ‘Studio Furio’, who in February 2014 produced their second work ‘Repeater RPTR’, following on from the success of ‘Myopic Bounds’ (2012) both choreographed by Dustin Klein.

In 2015 she returned to the Bavarian State Ballet II designing for Dustin Klein’s ‘DisTanz’ and 2016 saw the premiere of Terence Kohler’s ‘One’ for Martin Schläpfer’s Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf (voted “Company of the Year” for three years in succession by tanz magazine) and her second full length ballet with Silas Stubbs, ‘The Snow Queen’ for the Vanemuine Theatre in Estonia.

In 2017 she worked with Dustin Klein creating costumes for ‘X²’ for the Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow, ‘Mama, ich kann fliegen’ for the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich and the set and costume design for ‘Old News’ at the Origen Cultural Festival in Switzerland, and with Boris Randzio for ‘Young Moves’ at the Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf.


She works as a freelance costume designer based in Munich, Germany.