Odalisque from Le Corsaire

Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a ballet based on a poem by Lord Byron and set in the mysterious Near East, Turkey. An odalisque was a servant in the Turkish ruler’s court and features in the ballet. The iconic 2 piece costume well recognised. This tutu traveled “across-the-ditch” to New Zealand for the Alana Haines Awards in April.

bodice detail CU

bodice detail

The costume was made in rich teal with purple and gold embellishment. I wanted to make it as sumptuous as possible and almost ran out of space for rhinestones.

plate detail

plate detail

I used 2 different gold trims on this tutu to create a depth of colour.

The decoration was as rich on the back as it was on the front. The separate top was modelled on an Indian choli rather than a smaller bustier as the dancer was quite young.

front (2)

front

I think the rich embellishment and the colour choices made for a wonderful overall effect.

back

back detail

A layer of glitter tulle under the top layer of net add a lovely sparkle.