Tutu (clothing)

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Alexandra Ansanelli wearing a pancake tutu

A tutu is a skirt worn as a costume in a ballet performance, often with attached bodice.[1] It consists of a basque (or waistband, as it can either be part of the bodice or a separate band) made of tulle,[citation needed] and the skirt itself might be single layer of tulle, hanging down, or multiple layers starched and jutting out.[1]

The name derives from a child's alteration of the French cucu, informal diminutive of cul ("buttocks").[1]

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Anna Pavlova in Giselle, wearing a romantic tutu 
Classical bell tutus in The Dance Class by Edgar Degas, 1874 


  1. ^ a b c "Tutu". Oxford Dictionary (2014 ed.). Oxford University Press. 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 

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