The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Svetlana Lavrentieva

Designed and built by Svetlana Lavrentieva, national open-call for artists selection. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

Comparing the Hudson’s Bay Company point blanket and The National Ballet of Canada as unmistakable icons of Canadian culture, the Tutu Cozy was created with one goal in mind – to protect its lucky owner from the unforgiving winters that are characteristic of Canada, on and off the stage.

The Tutu Cozy was designed as a traditional coat with a high collar wrapping around the waist and a series of buttons running through the centre. The coloured stripes are a central focus of the tutu, each representing an element of Canadian life: red—“battle or hunt”, yellow—“harvest and sunshine”, green—“new life”, and blue—“water”.

Svetlana grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, but is now based in Toronto, Ontario. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto, and spent a delightful summer in Rome, Italy, studying the history of art and architecture.

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.