Welcome to Miralova!
This is a virtual place where you can find professional ballet costumes and tutus for young dancers, get consultation about attire and build your unique personalized costume. We are located in Brooklyn, New York.
Among other art forms ballet is very special, because the career of a ballerina begins so early in life. Did you know that the youngest performers at Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) are just 9 years old? They are still very young, but no one would call them beginners. Actually, they are professionals. It takes a lot of training and dedication to reach that truly olimpic stage and the main focus is obviously on rehearsing, but what about the costume?
Every professional "grown up dancer" understands the role that tutu plays in a performance. The costume is a link between a performer and their character. Beautifully structured attire enhances each move, brings vividness and turns tale into reality. If "grown up" dancers are aware of that, why shouldn't be the young ones?
It is not only about the visuals. The technical part of the ballet costume is also very important. The costume must fit perfectly. It must be light. It must be pleasant on touch. The finest materials and the best intentions have to be used to produce a wearable piece of art that will become an every lasting memory for the spectators and the dancers.
The concept of Miralova is to offer superior ballet costumes that are specifically designed for young dancers. Our goal is to provide great foundation for future success and we are excited to see our people growing up into huge stars of ballet.
We believe that passionate people deserve the best tools to pursue their passion.
Each Miralova costume and tutu is one of a kind and can be widely personilized to fit your needs. You can order standard or custom sizes or even suggest your own design based on sketch or an image.
To order a costume contact us directly via email at email@example.com or via the Contact page of the website.
Liliya Popova, founder
Liliya is a costume maker, who has spent her career of over sixteen years creating costumes for theatre productions. In 2000, she graduated from the oldest theatre arts school in Russia, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts majoring in Theatrical Costume Designering.
Shortly after graduation, she started working in one of the biggest theaters in Moscow, Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre.
For the first time, she participated in production of big performances.
That job was a life changing experience for her and opened the way to another theaters where she got opportunities to work on plays at MXAT (Moscow Art Theatre) and Sovremennik. She met and collaborated with numerous professionals along the way, making connections in the theatrical industry.
After moving to New York in 2011, Liliya found herself working for one of New York's best known tailoring shops, Artur & Tailors, which makes costumes for some of Broadway's most extravagant shows such as Wicked, Matilda, and Mamma Mia.
In 2013, she directed her craft in a new direction. Liliya founded Miralova, a company that makes custom-made, form-fitting costumes for young dancers that are unique to their body and style.
Liliya's idea for the company was inspired by her daughter, Anastasia, who, at the time, was 10 years old and started practicing ballet. She decided to try building a tutu herself and discovered that her Costume Engineering skills were applicable to ballet costume construction. She expanded her knowledge of the subject, going deeper into the specifics of tutumaking and is currently proven to be the best in the field. Her innate artistry, consummate training, and creativity result in absolutely gorgeous custom tutus.
Her costumes are being worn on the biggest student ballet competition in the country, Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), and others such as American Dance Competition | Ballet Competition (ADCIBC) and Gala de Danza.