07/17/2012 08:21 EDT

The Tutu Project: Toronto Exhibit Brings Out The Ballerina In Everyone (PHOTOS)

Setareh Sarmadi

Is there a woman alive who didn't once dream of wearing a tutu? Even the least graceful or feminine ladies at some point saw those layers of gravity-defying gauze (likely during a performance of The Nutcracker) and thought to herself, "Someday, somehow, I'm going to wear a tutu."

For those of us who never quite achieved that goal, we at least now have a chance to get up close and personal with the people who have -- and others whose fantasies of tutus have a place to run amok. The Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum, located in Toronto, is currently running two exhibits (until September 2) that takes ballet to a whole new level.

"60 Years Of Designing The Ballet," focuses on the archives of the National Ballet of Canada and "The Tutu Project," challenges well-known Canadian designers to create their own takes on the iconic tutu shape.

Wonder what it looks like when fashion folk have carte blanche with arguably the prettiest of garments? Check out their creations -- and feast your eyes on some classics as well:

Photo gallery Design Exchange's Tutu Exhibit See Gallery