Renowned ballet designer and portrait painter who collaborated with Kenneth MacMillan.
Yolanda Pauline Tamara Sonnabend was born in 1935 in Bulawayo Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to highly cultured German-Russian Parents. Upon finishing high school she headed to Europe settling in England in 1954 and becoming a student of painting and stage design at the Slade School of Fine Arts. She designed her first ballet - A Blue Rose by Peter Wright while still an undergraduate. She gained experience creating sets and costumes for the New Opera Company and the Oxford Playhouse.