What’s the inspiration behind Shen Yun costumes?

Our wardrobe department produces thousands of costumes, headpieces, shoes, boots, and other accessories every season. Shen Yun’s dance costumes are mostly based on the traditional clothing of China’s different dynasties, the unique attire of over 50 minority groups that live in China, and the regalia of divinities from folklore and mythology. They are then adapted to make them suitable for dance performance.

In the creation process, Shen Yun costume artists collect and reference countless traditional designs. From the ethereal garb of heavenly maidens to the emperor’s dragon robes to dainty flowerpot shoes, every piece is handmade in New York state and individually tailored.