February 01, 2011

The Romantic Tutu

The other day, I found myself gazing at a portrait of a 19th-century ballerina. She was wearing a light blue bodice with a matching tulle skirt that fell to her knees.

I adore the tutus from the 19th century. They are romantic, graceful, and very feminine.

Tutus from this time are often called romantic tutus. The bodice, waist, and skirts were adorned with flowers and ribbons. The skirts were several layers of long tulle.


Stage Rehearsal by Edgar Degas

The ballerinas must have looked lovely as they executed their quick steps and turns. The tulle of their skirts would have floated and swirled around them, adding to the beauty of their dance.

I have seen contemporary versions of the romantic tutu. These are just as delightful as the original ones that debuted in the 19th century. In fact, I recently saw a corps perform The Waltz of the Flowers. They were wearing pink romantic tutus with skirts  made from many layers of tulle that were sculpted to look like petals. As they turned, leaped, and stepped through the patterns, I was enchanted by the movement of their skirts. Truly, it added another dimension to the dance.

September 24, 2010

A Rainbow at Sunset

 One doesn't often see rainbows at sunset. I thought the color palette was lovely. It would make an interesting color palette for a fabric, especially if the print was soft and muted (like watercolors) and the fabric was almost sheer.


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