Erika Turunen

Costume Designer

Erika Turunen has designed costumes for contemporary dance, ballet, opera and theatre since the 1990’s. Alongside her freelance work, she is Costume Designer at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, where she was also Head of Costume Department from 1995 to 2009.

Turunen has attracted a lot of international attention for her work, characteristically rich in detail and often incorporating innovative constructions that blur the line between costume and set design.

She has collaborated with Tero Saarinen since 2000. Turunen has designed costumes for many of TSC’s key productions, such as HUNT (2002) and Borrowed Light (2004), and, most recently Kullervo (TSC with the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, 2015) and Zimmermann Trio (TSC with the LA Phil 2018).

She has also worked with Jorma Uotinen, Susanna Leinonen, Kenneth Kvarnström and Jø Strömgren, and designed costumes for Nederlands Dans Theater, the Lyon Opéra Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, Grand Théâtre de Genève, as well as the Operas of Malmö and Gothenburg. In 2007 she was in charge of costume design for The Eurovision Song Contest. At her design studio Ateljee Hurma, she also does costumes for individual artists as well as evening dresses.

``Erika Turunen’s gorgeous costumes put the dot on the i.``

- Paljon melua teatterista blog, 5 May 2017 (Finland) / Kullervo

``Erika Turunen’s futuristic costumes meld stubtly with the angular play of light``

- Teatteri & Tanssi + Sirkus, 13 March, 2015 (Finland) / Kullervo

``The very robust dance movements, with harsh angles, twists and turns, were emphasized by the spectacular costumes designed by Erika Turunen.``

- Berkshire Fine Arts, 16 July 2012 (USA) / Borrowed Light