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Friday, May 11, 2018

Fun Friday Facts: Tutus

Fun Friday Facts: Tutus

On this fun Friday I thought I’d talk about tutus. The symbol of ballet, tutus are divided into two basic categories: the Romantic and the Classical. The Romantic tutu is the long one, and comes from the Romantic era. The Classical tutu is the short one, and can be further described as pancake, platter, tabletop etc.

Tutus are labor intensive! The average tutu requires 50-90 hours of labor to make, and more if extensive beading or other decoration is involved. And that is assuming the seamstress is an accomplished one, with experience in making these unique items. A single, simple tutu requires a minimum of 10 meters (approximately 32 feet or 10 yards) of netting and/or tulle, all of which must be gathered evenly and applied in layers to the base fabric.

So what would you expect to pay for a single, professionally-made tutu? The costs vary, but $3000 is about the minimum. Not surprising when you consider that each one is a work of art in itself!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Costuming Secret #29:a
“The average tutu requires 50-90 hours of labor to make.”

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