Last week I had the fantastic opportunity to attend a cocktail reception of the National Ballet’s Tutu Project at the Design Exchange. The Tutu Project is a collection of tutus which have been either designed by professional artists and designers or a collaboration from the general public at various art events. The gorgeous exhibit, running from now until September 2nd, showcases many beautiful interpretations of the iconic symbol that is synonymous with ballet.
I had been wanting to see this exhibit ever since I first heard it mentioned on TV. I love the beautiful artistry of the ballet, from the pointe shoes to the tutus to the trained elegance of a ballerina.
After a brief introduction, Caroline O’Brien (curator & costume designer) and Deirdre Kelly (dance critic & author of the upcoming Ballerina – which I’m looking forward to checking out) spoke for a bit on the history behind the tutu. While some of the discussion felt heavy on the name- & fact-dropping, it was still an interesting look back into the evolution of the tutu and how it began as a knee-length skirt and got shorter as the ballerinas wanted to showcase & highlight their expertly trained legwork more.
To see more of my pictures from this exhibit, click the picture below to be taken to my Flickr album.