“At the ballet, you really feel like you’re in the presence of something outside the rest of your life. Higher than the rest of your life.” – Robert Caro

There’s something mystical about the tutu. Influenced by last year’s “Black Swan”, ‘prima ballerina’ beat out Angry Birds as the most Googled Halloween costume, fashion blogs are flooded with tulle skirts inspired by the cultured costumes, and ballet fitness classes seem to be popping up all over the city filled by girls looking to achieve the legs that the tutu so elegantly reveals.

But no matter how toned your calves might get or how authentic that costume you found on eBay is, “You have to earn the right to wear a tutu,” reminds to former National Ballet of Canada ballerina, Veronica Tennant during the launch at the Design Exchange.

The Tutu Project part of the Sixty Years of Designing the Ballet, is a current exhibition at the DX that runs until September 2nd 2012. It features 60 tutus, each designed specifically for the exhibit by Canadian artists and designers in celebration of The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary season. The exhibition also features a rare look at the rich history and reveals a bit of the magic that goes into the costumes, set pieces, designs and media that bring the ballet to life.

Unless you land the principal role in this year’s Nutcracker, this is probably the closest you’ll ever get to experience life backstage at the ballet so be sure not to miss this.