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    Go behind the scenes and see how costumes were made for San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker.
    Video courtesy of KTVU
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    Costume designer Martin Pakledinaz helped change these dancers into flowers, dragonflies and ladybugs during Act II of the Nutcracker.
    Photo by Erik Tomasson
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    Designer Martin Pakledinaz’s detailed costume creations in this production of Nutcracker help the story travel back in time to 1915.
    Photo by Erik Tomasson

One of the most memorable aspects of a ballet production is the costumes. Watch this video to learn more about how San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker costumes were created! 

Nutcracker Costume Facts:

  • The most expensive costume to make was Drosselmeyer’s coat, which cost $11,000.
  • The Snow Queen’s sparkling tutu includes anywhere from 300-500 Swarovski crystals and took about 80 hours to make!
  • The big dancing bear’s padding cost about $5,000.