Initially, Dance Theatre of Harlem women wore the traditional classical ballet style of pink tights and pointe shoes. Breaking from a 300-year tradition, the dancers dyed their tights and shoes to match their unique, individual skin tone. The wardrobe department codified the technique with a blend of RIT dyes (a popular brand of fabric dye used), creating a recipe card for each dancer. Applying pressed powder on the ribbons and shoes seamlessly blends the two together. Matching tights and pointe shoes to skin tone became a trademark of Dance Theatre of Harlem and is now practiced by dancers all over the world.