When collaborating with the National Ballet of Canada on a custom tutu design for their 60th Anniversary, we made sustainability a central theme. Scrap fabrics were incorporated into our design, as we pictured our tutu to be like a bird’s nest, with scraps of fabric woven into the netting. Just as a bird uses cast off materials to build its nest, we repurposed our scrap fabric to create this on of a kind tutu for the National Ballet.
Label’s Tutu Tutorial:
First, shredded fabric scraps were individually knotted to the black netting.
An ombre effect was then created by placing lighter coloured scraps towards the bottom layers of the tutu.
Finally, the design was completed after attaching a black elastic waistband. Label’s seasons past and present are shown in the fabrics used in the final product.
You can see the finished product on display at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts beginning June 2012. Over 60 tutus were submitted by Canadian designers and artists.