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Yuan Yuan Tan: The Principal's Look is Simple, But Makes a Statement

This story originally appeared in the October/November 2014 issue of Pointe.

Yuan Yuan Tan is one of San Francisco Ballet's most stunning classical dancers, but her flair for timeless elegance reaches beyond the stage. Her street look is grounded in clean silhouettes and dark shades, but has an edge; she loves leather and isn't afraid of a pop of color. “I look up to Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchett and Maggie Cheung for fashion inspiration," says Tan. The one thing she truly couldn't live without? Earrings—but not just any pair. “I got a pair of antique crystal earrings in Prague in 1999, and I wear them onstage for good luck."


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3/4-sleeve leotard: "I got this from a friend in Shanghai."

Lavender Repetto skirt: The light fabric adds whimsy to her dancing.

Freed pointe shoes: "I put my pointe shoes on at barre during frappé."

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Gucci leather jacket: "San Francisco is often chilly, so I wear layers. My biggest fashion accessories are leather jackets."

Dior bag and sunglasses: "I like to shop at designer stores."

Gucci black heels: Pumps instantly dress up her comfortable black Diesel jeans.

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