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The Royal Opera House

Clara Tutu Greeting Card

Our Clara Tutu Greeting card features a close up of the tutu worn by Antoinette Sibley in Act II of The Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker (worn in 1968). It was designed by Nicholas Georgiadis 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 of silver and white brocade with a heart-shaped neckline. The top edge of the bodice is trimmed with silver ribbon. The bust area is white net decorated with flower shapes of faux pearls with a centre diamanté, and scallop shapes outlined in black cord that are alternately filled with silver lurex, black beads and diamanté. The bodice, which extends over the skirt, is decorated with appliquéd stylized leaves in black cord and silver lurex with black beads. The bottom edge is trimmed with silver gilt ribbon decorated with black beads. The skirt is layers of white net. The top layer of silver net with scalloped edges is decorated with scallops of black cord filled with silver lurex, diamanté and black beads.