On trail of tutus: Garage Sale Trail

On trail of tutus: Garage Sale Trail

A GIRL’S dream of owning a traditional tutu can come true, with WA Ballet in Maylands opening its wardrobe department and selling costumes from past productions on October 24 as part of the annual Garage Sale Trail.

One of an expected 10,000 garage sales on offer during the fifth national event, the WA Ballet Grande Costume Sale will include the sale of entire cast costumes from more than 30 shows, individual costumes, vintage clothing, home wares and baked goods.

Wardrobe deputy head Kate Ebsary said most of the sale items were from small shows such as Quarry or Genesis, with a handful from more classical shows like Giselle and Romeo and Juliet.

“There are also many one-off items that have been separated from their shows throughout the years and will be sold individually,” she said.

“We have a few costumes that have been worn by Daryl Brandwood and our company’s principal dancer, Jayne Smeulders.

“In their hay day a costume can be worth quite a lot. A more traditional romantic tutu with a bodice, like a Giselle ‘Willi’, can cost around $2000 but over the years with age and a lot of stage wear the quality can diminish and therefore lower the worth of the costume.”

Ebsary said the sale of an entire show’s costumes would be discounted, with the rough price range for an individual costume $25 to $250 and a show from $100 to $2000.

“The money will go towards our build for our upcoming season of The Nutcracker,” she said.

“To have the extra funds to go towards costumes means better quality fabrics, more multiples of costumes and extra labour in the workroom.”