Fashion Circus | Top 10 Circus Inspired Fashion Moments



‘Damn everything but the circus!’

… Damn everything that is grim, dull,
motionless, unrisking, inward turning,
damn everything that won’t get into the
circle, that won’t enjoy, that won’t throw
its heart into the tension, surprise, fear
and delight of the circus, the round
world, the full existence…

-E. E. Cummings

Didn’t we all dream of running away with the circus?

Well, fashion is not the exception.

Fashion has always been a huge fan of the circus. It’s magic has been the subject of inspiration for countless of the most incredible productions. From photographers, to stylists, from videographers to fashion designers, from make-up artists to burlesque stars, it seems that at some point, we all wished we too could live inside that magic tent…

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The White Stripes, New York City, 2003 - Photographer: Annie Leibovitz

… and aren’t models lucky? As they get to do just that, becoming the most dazzling showgirls of the fashion circus troupe. One more reason why being a model rocks!

Here are some of the most amazing circus inspired moments in fashion, brought to us by the magic
lens of some of the world’s best fashion photographers and videographers.


10) Vogue UK 2007 | Le Cirque


Photographer: Javier Vallhonrat
Model: Shalom Harlow
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9) Vogue US 2003 | Shooting Star

Cameron Diaz in pretty circus woman photoshoot by Annie Leibovitz (4)

Photographer: Annie Leibovitz
Model: Cameron Diaz
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8 ) Buffalo Magazine 2009 | Russian Circus


Photographer: Jan Verburg
Models: unknown
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7) Vogue UK 2011 | A Day At The Circus


Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Model: Reese Witherspoon
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6) Americana Manhasset 2006 | The Chicest Show On Earth


Photographer: Laspata Decaro
Models: Jessica Stam, Gabriel Aubry
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5) Vogue Germany 2009 | Ready for the Stage


Photographer: Koto Bolofo
Model: Unknown
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4) Vogue Italia 2007 | The Greatest Show On Earth


Photographer: Steven Meisel
Model: Karen Elson
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3) Make Up Leku | Circus


Photographer: Katherin Wermke
Make-up: Maite gutiérrez
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2) Christina Aguilera | Hurt


Photographer: Ellen von Unwerth
Model: Christina Aguilera
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1) Harper’s Bazaar UK 2006 | Cirque De La Mode


Photographer: Matt Jones
Stylist: Alison Edmond
Models: Dita Von Teese and an incredible star cast of the most daring fashion designers from the world’s finest ateliers including: Antonio Berardi, Christian Louboutin, Christopher Bailey, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson, Paul Smith, Roland Mouret, Stephen Jones, Vivienne Westwood and er, Marilyn Manson?! -Click here to view the full gallery

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… and if you -like moi- love, love, love the circus too and can’t get enough of it, check out this fabulous post on burlesque meets the circus, featuring the fascinating history of the trapeze and a new form of aerial performance art known as trapeze burlesque!

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>>>Click here to read Enter The Circus | Trapeze Meets Burlesque!<<<

‘Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.’
-George Carlin

When was the last time you went to the circus?