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We know that tutus have been around since the early 1700's.
The first tutu is said to have been merely a skirt cut to just above the ankles to reveal the feet.

As ballet became more and more popular more types of tutus emerged:

Classical Pancake Tutu: This is a short, stiff skirt made with layers of netting that extends outwards and from the hips. It has a fitted bodice. This style has more layers of net and a wire hoop; hand tacking is used to keep the layers flat and stiff.

Classical Bell Tutu: It is a short stiff skirt made with layers of netting in a bell shape and fitted bodice. It extends down the hips and does not have a wired hoop.

It is usually longer than a Classical Pancake Tutu. The famous painter Degas loved painting them.

Romantic Tutu: It's a three quarter length bell shaped skirt made of tulle with a fitted bodice. Some designs also include sleeves. The hemline falls between the knee and the ankle.

This Romantic Tutu flows free and emphasizes the ethereal beauty of the romantic ballets such as Giselle and Les Sylphides. It became popular by the famous virtuoso Swedish ballerina Marie Taglioni. In 1800s Taglioni became known as the first ballerina to dance "en pointe" (on her tip-toes in ballet slippers).

Balanchine or Karinska Tutu: This tutu is also known as the "powder puff" and although similar to the bell and pancake tutus, it has no hoops. And there are fewer layers of netting.

This design was especially designed for the ballet version of Georges Bizet's Symphony in C and has become an icon. Barbara Karinska was a well known Russian dressmaker and fabric artist who designed the first "powder tutu" in 1950. She also created the knee length chiffon ballet dress which became the standard design for ballet costumes. All her tutus were famous for their spectacular embroidery and designs.

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