A thoughtful piece. There are many similarities in the costume making world.
Is this the final bow?
People who love attending ballet performances go not only for the music and the excitement of the theatre atmosphere, but to see the costumes. When the curtain goes up and the ballerina makes her first debut, I think, that’s a stunning costume, or, hmmm, the skirt looks a little bit droopy. I don’t think about the sewing table, the sore fingers that stitched each crystal into place, the tired eyes at 3am working diligently to make a deadline.
Somebody made that garment; either specifically for the dancer and that performance, or it has been lovingly kept by a costume department within the company.Unfortunately, both professional tutu makers and those who know how to maintain, repair and store ballet costumes are falling in short supply.
After the publication of this article , Dearth Of Tutu Makers Puts Ballet In Crisis, we need to reflect…
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