Project Tutu Fashion Show 2014. Photo by Karen White.

Dancers featured in Project Tutu's 2014 Fashion Show. Photo by Karen White.

The tutu’s power was evident at last June’s USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Jackson, Mississippi, where Folts led a tutu-making seminar.

As the tutu makers labored and laughed, a half-dozen young dancers showed up to be fitted for the end-of-seminar public fashion show. The dancers smiled with excitement, charmed by Folts’ collection of festive and frothy costumes, which lay on the floor like lily pads on a pond.

For experienced tutu makers, Folts offers a design and sewing challenge: Project Tutu. Participants get a bag of netting and fabrics and embellishments that they must fashion into a wearable costume for a specific role—White Swan, for example—complete with bodice, tutu, panty, and headpiece, in roughly two days.


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