The plate, or decorative, top of the tutu goes over a tutu’s tulle skirt. Tutu plates are often heavily embellished and most of the decoration is sewn onto the plate before it is attached to the skirt with final touches being done by hand.
Tutu Tuesday: Principal Dancer Sonia Rodriguez in the Act III wedding tutu in The Sleeping Beauty.
Did you know that there are two types of classical tutus? The pancake tutu has a very short, stiff skirt that extends straight outwards from the hips in a flat pancake shape whereas the bell tutu has a longer, stiff skirt with a slight bell shape. Tutus with a bell-shaped skirt were popularized in paintings by Degas and are often referred to as Degas tutus.