The history of the Tutu - the ballerina's signature outfit | The Vintage News
Ballet costumes are an essential part of stage design and a visual record of a performance. The name was probably derived from the French word “tutu”- meaning “bottom”. Its first appearance was in 1832, worn by Marie Taglioni. The Romantic tutu was gauzy white cut to reveal her ankles. In the late 1800’s the tutu was getting shorter so dancers moved easily and showed off their legs. The shortest tutu is the Classical that barely touches the ballerina’s legs. The modern tutu has 4 versions.