The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Paul Hardy Design

Designed and built by Paul Hardy Design. Photo by Ryan Chan.

Inspired by cavemen, hunters and gatherers, the bodice explores the evolution of humanity and its development in refining the arts. The asymmetrical one sleeve top is composed of hand spun wool and is hand knit by knitters in St. Andrew’s, Scotland. Other elements featured on the tutu include feathers, artificial berries and gold paint.

Canadian-born and based, Paul Hardy began his design career in 2002 with an opening show at Toronto Fashion Week where his first collection saw a host of rave reviews declaring, “a star is born.” Hardy’s trademark style of layering textures in earthy tones retains a timeless essence. Although Hardy’s flagship store is located in his hometown of Calgary, Hardy has shown his work in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Shanghai. Last year, Hardy made his foray into costume design, by being commissioned to design the costumes for Sarah McLachlan’s ballet Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

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