The Archive Exquisite: "The Firebird Tutu"

http://vimeo.com/87314480 I hung up my ballet slippers a sometime during my early adolescence and never graduated to pointe shoes, but I've always been in love with ballet—every aspect of it, from the choreography, to the precision, strength, and grace of the dancers themselves (and the way they make it all seem so effortless), to the costumes and fashion. Even in modern forms, I still find ballet to be one of the most elegant styles of dance there is. In Brent Rowland's film, "The Firebird Tutu," its behind-the-scenes focus isn't on the Ballet West dance company and its exhausting rehearsals as opening night approaches, but instead what goes on in the atelier: the making of a tutu.

David Heuvel, the Costume Production Director at Ballet West, has spent over 25 years honing his craft. Truly, there should be some kind of haute couture-like designation for the kind of skill and artistry required of Mr. Heuvel (and others in his industry) to produce such exquisite garments. Even though we're not witnessing "fashion" in the runway-to-streetwear sense, this short film offers a painstakingly-crafted reminder to all young and emerging fashion designers that practice makes perfect.

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