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Blue Bird Tutu Greeting Card


Our Blue Bird Tutu Greeting card features a close up of the tutu worn by Merle Park in Act III of The Sleeping Beauty.It was worn in the 1956 Royal Ballet revival of the 1946 Sadler's Wells Ballet production. It was designed by Oliver Messel and photographed by Hugh McDermott. © Royal Opera House Collections. You can see the other tutu cards available here

An image of the full tutu is on the back of the card and includes a description of what goes into making a tutu and the materials used:

Tutu with a taffeta bodice of blue fading to purple. It has a deep V at the centre front with an infill of pale pink elastic that extends to the waist. The elastic panel is decorated with hand-painted feathers. Blue velvet feather shapes are appliquéd over the bust and down to the waist. Feathers are hand-painted on the bodice, basque and skirt. Two blue velvet wing shapes are appliquéd to the back of the bodice. The basque is of blue and purple taffeta. The skirt is layers of purple and blue nylon net with scalloped edges. The top layer is decorated with blue opalescent feather-shaped sequins and blue velvet feather shapes are appliquéd to form two pairs of wings, one at the front and one at the back. The velvet is decorated with hand-painting in blue and white.