Maria Taglioni Wears a Tutu

Maria Taglioni was the first ballerina to wear a tutu during the performance of La Sylphide at Paris Opera on March 12, 1832. The tutu was a light muslin dress with a fitted bodice along with a full, airy skirt reaching within 12 inches (30 centimeters) of the floor and designed by Eugene Lami. Prior ballerinas wore cumbersome costumes that inhibited their movements.

      March 12, 1832
      Maria Taglioni
      Paris, France

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