Recap: The Tutu Project

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.

Caroline O’Brien & Deirdre Kelly (author of upcoming book Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection) speaking about the history and iconic symbol of the tutu.

To see more of my pictures from this exhibit, click the picture below to be taken to my Flickr album.

A few photos from the exhibit. Click to see more!



  1. Such gorgeous tutus! What a neat event …. would be neat to see the evolution of the tutu. They’ve sure changed over the years!
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  2. Those tutus are beautiful! I wish I was in Toronto so I could’ve gone. Hopefully one day I might get the chance to go to some sort of similar exhibit here in Sydney. :)
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  3. Those are absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing this recap with us!! I love the new blog design too! So pretty!!
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  4. What an amazing event to be able to attend! Sometimes I really wish that I was just a bit closer to Toronto – I would love to see that exhibit! Thanks for the recap 😀
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