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)


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


back detail

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

Le Corsaire – Pas D’Esclave Variation

I’ve made a few of these costumes over the past few years. As a stretch costumeĀ  it’s a snug and secure fit for younger dancers.

bodice detail

bodice detail

The bodice is not too deeply cut and extends comfortably down through the midriff as the dancer is young and good coverage was requested.


basque back

The basque reaches just short of the navel and is decorated both front and back. You can see the earring finding I’ve used.

front detail

basque and plate design

There’s a layer of glitter tulle in there for a bit of extra sparkle.

arm cuffs

some close-fitting arm cuffs complete the picture

and the tutu complete