The Tutu Project

The Tutu Project


Thomas Collection

Designed and built by Thomas Collection. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.

This tutu illuminates the dialogue of traditional form, classical media and forms of expression that engage the modern world even though they may be antiquated. Ballet is always reinventing forms and ideas even as it adheres to classical tenets. The plaster components of this tutu reflect the rigors and rigidity of ballet as well as the age of the art form. Plaster may crack or crumble under pressure, just as the human body may break through rigorous training. The effect of the tutu is to suggest parallels among movement, design and sculpture.

Michael Thomas studied Sculpture and Installation at The Ontario College of Art and Design. He currently works as a fashion designer for two collections and is based between Berlin and Toronto. Thomas’ works reference the past and are classical in form and minimalist in design. They are available internationally and at his flagship store in Toronto.

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