The Tutu Project photographs are dedicated to help fundraise for the Carey Foundation for women with breast cancer. The man in the photographs, Bob Carey’s wife Linda has battled breast cancer twice since 2006, and Bob started this project to raise funds and awareness. Print sales donate 20% of net proceeds to the Carey Foundation.
47. Rita Tesolin, Selected by the Fashion Design Council of Canada.
Embellished with butterflies and Austrian crystal, this tutu references the Diamond Anniversary of The National Ballet of Canada and the graceful movements of its dancers. The artist chose the butterfly because, in flight, butterflies appear to dance and are exceptionally beautiful and elegant. Like dancers, they inspire awe in all who watch them.
Officially launching her design career in 2003, Rita Tesolin was quickly labeled the “Stone Angel” for her stunning presentations of precious and semi-precious stones in her jewellery creations. Tesolin has collaborated with many Canadian fashion designers, including David Dixon, Evan Biddell and Lucien Matis. She was chosen one of Elle Canada’s “Hot 100” in 2008 and was crowned the “Queen of Costume Jewellery” by Flare in the same year.
For our 60th anniversary last year, we asked members of the Toronto LGBT community to create a special tutu as part of our Tutu Project. The tutu is made up of hundreds of paper feathers with messages of love and hope.
The National Ballet wishes everyone a happy and festive Pride weekend!
The National Ballet of Canada and The Volunteer Committee are celebrating 60 years of partnership by engaging our friends, audience members and professional designers from across the country in creating a collection of 60 original tutus.
This interactive and international art and community-outreach project will include costumes from great moments in the company’s history and original pieces created by artists from Dance Victoria, The Port Theatre, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Giles Deacon for The English National Ballet, designers from the Fashion Design Council of Canada, our talented staff, and YOU!
In 2011, the Tutu Project hosted design opportunities for the public at Word On The Street Toronto, Toronto Pride, Culture Days, and the official Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.
This tutu draws on current research into the side effects of radiation, and represents the invasion of nuclear-mutated flowers eating up the natural inhabitant. The designer aimed to demonstrate how ballet might evolve over time, as the art form assimilates new elements and ideas while retaining its classical foundation.
Choryin Choi is the designer behind “Cydelic by Choryin,” an artistic luxury brand of clothing and accessories. With just two years of industry experience, Choi received the Textile Design Award and Fashion Arts Award from the Fashion Arts program at Seneca College.