SF Ballet Nutcracker Clara Paper Doll

When Helgi Tomasson decided to create a new Nutcracker for San Francisco Ballet in 2004, he turned to Martin Pakledinaz, a frequent collaborator and close friend, to design the costumes. Pakledinaz’s costumes perfectly reflect the 1915 San Francisco setting of Tomasson’s Nutcracker, preserving the traditional feel of the ballet while adding notes of whimsy and magic. 

In 2017, SF Ballet graphic designer Francis Zhou sketched paper dolls based on Pakledinaz’s designs. First up is the Clara paper doll–keep an eye out for the Prince, coming soon!

Clara starts the ballet in a beautiful dress, which she happily shows her parents after descending the stairs to the holiday party.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson


SF Ballet Clara paper doll. Costume design by Martin Pakledinaz. Drawing by Francis Zhou.

Next are Clara’s other two costumes, the nightgown she wears after the party, and the tutu she wears when she is transformed into an adult to dance with the Prince.

San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker //© Erik Tomasson
Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Tomasson's Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson
Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Tomasson’s Nutcracker // © Erik Tomasson


Costumes for paper dolls from San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker. Costume design by Martin Pakledinaz. Drawings by Francis Zhou.


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