Tutu ballet skirt, has been beautiful for hundreds of years

2020/10/26

Every girl has a beautiful fantasy about skirt. Tutu skirt of ballet is a skirt that can satisfy all girls' beautiful imagination. Fluffy and light, every girl wearing a beautiful tutu skirt will surely imagine herself to be a fairy in the fairy tale in her heart. There are even a few people with a dream tutu dress ignited in their hearts about ballet. How did the tutu skirt, one of the most important visual elements in ballet, evolve?


The Renaissance and The Baroque -- a rich and luxuriant style

In Renaissance Italy and France, intricate and ornate styles were popular at court. The style of the ballet costume naturally followed the fashion trends of the royal family. Lace and heels were typical elements of the ballet stage of that era. By the 17th century, silk, brocade, and embroidery were the main materials for the dress, which was also decorated with gold and precious stones.

Female dancers' costumes were still gorgeous, and male dancers began to add symbolic decorations that represented their personality or profession, such as scissors for tailoring. In 18th-century France, the Rococo style was all the rage: ruffles, ribbons and lace embellished ballerinas' dresses, while pink, peach, sky-blue and pale green were all the rage.

After the French Revolution, men's clothing began to change, began to fashion conservative and simple neoclassical style. In the early 19th century, with the rise of textiles and crafts, ballerinas began to wear corsets, corollas, lapels, and necklaces and bracelets on the stage.

The Revolution of ballet Fashion -- the appearance of romantic tutu

Italian ballerina Maria Taglioni was the first ballerina in the world to wear pointe shoes and revolutionize the Baroque dress. In 1832, she danced on her toes in a tulle dress her father had designed for her in a performance of the Fairy, leading to a trend in ballet costumes. Another theory is that the father came up with the design to cover up his daughter's physical imperfections. The upper part of the skirt is a corset with a bare neck, and the length of the bell-shaped gauze skirt is in the middle of the calf, which makes the dancer appear lighter and highlights the delicate movement on the toes. Romantic ballet was born, and later artists created many classic works that are still popular on the stage today -- The Fairy, Giselle, Coperalia, and so on. Dancers praise emotion, worship nature, often in the works to create a transcendent and free of vulgarity fairy, ghost and other dance images, dance movements are also light and elegant for the United States. Tulle skirt can show just so light and elegant.


A TUTU is a typical dress of classical ballet

Tsarist Russia at the beginning of the 19th century was very conservative and did not accept the new dress. But half a century later, ballet had grown enormously in Russia, and the tutu dresses that we see everywhere on the stage today appeared in Russia at the same time.

The popularity of the TUTU was driven by the growing sophistication of dance in Russia at the time, with dancers naturally turning to skirts that allowed their legs to move freely in order to complete the difficult choreography. Marius Petipa, the master choreoologist of classical ballet, created masterpieces of fairy ballet such as Sleeping Beauty (1890), Swan Lake (1895) and Ramonda (1898), which led to the popularity of fanciful costumes.

20th century - The personalized liberation of the ballet uniform

In the early 20th century, under the influence of The Great Russian choreographer Michel Fokine, the length of actresses' skirts gradually extended to the knee. The design is intended to highlight the calf and toe movements, as well as the effect of the spin,  which requires a higher level of stage skill. Across the ocean, American dancer Isadora Duncan, the founder of modern dance, shocked many when she performed on stage with her head on and her feet bare. Under her influence, many actors gave up their very uncomfortable corsets for loose gowns.

In the Arabian Nights, performed in 1910, the actors' costumes took on a previously unusual Middle Eastern style, which was closely related to the shift of interest in painting, design and fashion towards the East as a whole.


Modern and Postmodern Ballet - Have you seen swan Lake for men?

By the 1930s, ballet costume design was virtually unfettered by traditional ideas. In some postmodern productions, such as Matthew Bourne's version of swan Lake, the traditional delicate cygnets are played by actors with hairy legs who don't wear any tops at all.

At the end of the 20th century, fashion brands noticed ballet-related design. Many fashion designers took ballet as inspiration and designed various ballet-style costumes, bringing this beauty from the stage to the street.