The William Morris
& Dance Costume
16th and 17th Century
18th and 19th Century
|Classical Ballet Tutus
|"Royal Blue Tutu"
Designed to order for an award-winning competitor in major UK ballet competitions, this tutu was constructed in royal blue with gold decoration. The bodice was a silk dupion, perfectly matched (from six other "nearly there" blues!) to the net skirts.|
The bodice and skirt overlay are embellished with gold appliqué-work and beaded with gold sequins which constantly sparkle as the dancer moves.
The short, stiff plate-shaped tutu skirt starts as black at the knickers, alternating black and blue nets for interest.|
At present, this costume can be reproduced exactly as shown as a made-to-measure tutu. It was designed for a young dancer with memorably red hair on whom it will look extremely effective. The same design can be executed in different colour combinations - gold on burgundy, silver on white or red on black would be equally impressive.
The gold appliqué decoration had it's origins back in 1988 when it was developed as a design to edge the court train of a victorian costume (above right, see also "Elizabeth of Austria", 19th century section).|
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