2 October 2018
The Australian Ballet
Since 1962, The Australian Ballet, Australia’s national ballet company, has been delighting and challenging audiences at home and around the world.
The company in headquartered in Melbourne, under the artistic direction of David McAllister. Twelve permanent wardrobe staff work at The Australian Ballet, including a production manager, costumiers, a milliner and a wigs supervisor, but the team grows to as many as 30 when creating big classical productions. Tutus begin their lives with the cutters. Working from the designer’s sketch, the specialist ladies’ or gentlemen’s cutter cuts out the bones of the costume, which then goes to the costumier to assemble. As in haute couture, the costume is first made as a “toile”, or a calico mock, to finalise the design before it’s rendered in more expensive fabrics.