The Tutu Project


Rita Tesolin

Designed and built by Rita Tesolin, selected by The Fashion Design Council of Canada. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

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.

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