QUT Art Museum
4 July to 6 September
The ballerina and her tutu have been romanticised for hundreds of years. Throughout the 17th-19th centuries, as dance developed into a specialised art form, so too did the costumes. Specially designed garments were introduced to allow the dancer maximum movement and to expose the complicated footwork seen en pointe. Tutu reimagined brings together a collection of garments by Australia's top designers, commissioned by The Australian Ballet for their 2003 project, TUTU. Designers were asked to create their interpretation of a tutu with the project culminating in a one-off performance at the Sydney Opera House in July 2003. QUT Art Museum now brings together these costumes for Brisbane audiences. Featuring fifteen top Australian designers, including Akira, Balarinji, Collette Dinnigan, Dinosaur Designs, Gwendolynne, Michelle Jank, Easton Pearson, Alex Perry, Toni Maticevski, Sass and Bide, Scanlan and Theodore, Harry Seidler, and Tigerlily.
IMAGE: EASTON PEARSON Tutu 2003 cotton, lycra, nylon tulle, metal pailettes and sequins, glass beads, plastic beads, cotton and synthetic braid, found objects. The Australian Ballet collection. Photo: Narelle Wilson, NGV Photo Services.
Open Friday (10am to 5pm), Saturday and Sunday (noon to 4pm)