Martin Pakledinaz designed the more than 40 tutus that appear in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, from the Snowflakes’ winter whites to the Flowers’ pastel hues. One of these outranks the rest, however–at least in terms of weight. The “mechanical” ballerina doll that Drosselmeyer brings to the Stahlbaums’ party in Act 1 wears Nutcracker’s heaviest tutu. Her tutu weighs 18 pounds!
Header image: SF Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson