The National Ballet of Canada has recently joined forces with Google Art Project to give fashion, art and dance fans around the world the opportunity to view some of the nation’s most beautiful tutus online.
Among the confections displayed through Google’s art initiative, which functions as an online museum, is the pink tulle tutu worn by the company’s current artistic director Karen Kain, from The Actress (1994). Also in the online exhibit are creations from Canadian fashion labels, including The Hudson’s Bay “Tutu Cozy” by Svetlana Lavrentieva, and works by Amanda Lew Kee, David Dixon, Adrian Wu and Sonny Fong of Vawk.
The Google Art Project brings together high-resolution images, virtual museum tours and expert commentary from a host of international arts institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. The site has attracted 15 million visitors since its launch in April.
Québec’s Mouvements ESSARTS art organization joins the National Ballet of Canada as the latest Canadian institutions to join the initiative. They now join Google’s 180 other partners from around the world in providing the public with priceless works of art without having to leave their homes. —Portia Baladad