Vogue Paris: Haute Couture in the Circus

Posted on March 29, 2012

Darlings, here’s your end-of-the-day shot of pretty. If you’re phobic about clowns, you might want to scroll quickly, however. But the clothes are gorgeous, we promise!

Vogue Paris April 2012 – Haute Couture
Model: Natasha Poly
Photographer: Mario Sorrenti
Stylist: Emmanuelle Alt

Valentino Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Zuhair Murad Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Chanel Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Armani Privé Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Givenchy Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Versace Spring 2012 Couture Collection


[Photo Credit: Mario Sorrenti for Vogue Paris via thefashionspot.com, elle.com, vogue.it]

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  • Judy_J

    The clothes are gorgeous.  I did scroll quickly…..I do not like clowns.  Never have.  They appear in my nightmares.

    • LARAE

      @Vaniljekjeks:disqus my classmate’s sister-in-law brought in $16950 Ṗast month. she has been making cash on the internet and got a $3821OO home. All she did was get fortunate and put to use the instructions written on this web site..MakeCash2.CoM

    • luciaphile

       Can’t sleep…clown will eat me

  • j_anson

    I don’t know. These are so busy I’m having trouble focusing on/having an opinion about the actual clothes being modeled.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucía-Gavello/1253586868 Lucía Gavello

      I agree, it seems to be a trend in editorial photography though. It’s not my cup of tea at all.

  • MK03

    Oh, so THAT’S who couture is designed for: Very expensive clowns.

  • altalinda

    Thank goodness you paired the clown shots with another photo of each dress.  I can’t really see or appreciate the clothes in the clown shots.

  • jilly_d

    love the shot with the Dior gown and the upside down girl!  these are beautiful.  but…I’m not one of those people freaked out by clowns.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Stunning, stunning, stunning clothes. So beautiful, that I can forgive the creepiness of the clowns.

  • hughman

    THESE LOOKS WERE ALL STOLEN FROM THE INTERNET!! Oh wait, wrong scandal. My bad. 

  • terpsichory

    What a brilliantly realized editorial. The sheer production value has such an old-school feel to it! Facial expressions! Movement! Contortion! I’m happy!

  • joe_tey83

    Me is gonna have nightmares from this.

  • pippitypup

    At last we discover who the PR stiltwalker challenge was meant for.

    • Catiline

      I was just going to say this is the stiltwalker challenge of editorials!

      • ballerinawithagun

        I was getting excited that nobdy else had posted the stiltwalker challenge, thought I might be the first!

  • MilaXX

    Now I’ve got a Judy Collins earworm

    • TieDye64

      You have my sympathy. My father-in-law owned the album. My (at the time future) sis-in-law shamed him into never playing it anymore during parties. It took a long time but she was relentless and she won. That is one of THE WORST earworms of all time. You have my sympathy.

  • AlexisPayne

    It’s so weird and so fabulous, love!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668425491 Daniela ‘Dani’ Weiss-Bronstein

    I love this.

  • Amy Ellinger

    can’t scroll, clowns will eat me!

  • sleah_in_norcal

    now i know how to make my daughter run out of the room screaming!  she’s always hated clowns.

  • marilyn

    Most of the gowns are beautiful.  The Chanel outfit is vintage gorgeous.  The Versace dress is stuck in the 1980’s, and could possibly be a circus outfit.  The Givenchy model had some grotesque problem with her lips, so I barely noticed what she was wearing.  The Margiela printed pantsuit was hideous, which matched the runway model’s face.  The gold lame swimsuit was appropriate for a circus performer, so I am not sure why it is here.  Mostly the gowns and dresses are high end and gorgeous.  The clown pictures were mostly insight into someone’s therapy issues.  I try to not think about it.  When Mondo (from PRAS) called his collection “Therapy”, maybe he had some insight into what to do with these types of thoughts.  Unfortunately, the clown people here had plenty of time to thoroughly explore whatever rattles around in their heads. Too bad.  Perhaps the clown people here ought to consider going more in Mondo’s direction, you know, towards THERAPY.

  • BrooklynBomber

    So much fabulosity!! I’m having heart palpitations, for real!


    Sooo no one’s going to say anything about the Maison Martin Margiela model’s [lack of] face?


    • AthenaJ

      I’m gonna see that image in my nightmares tonight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720742723 Sarah Winningham

    Ha, the Maison Martin Margiela suit should only be worn by Edina on AbFab –  Lacroix, darling!

    • AthenaJ

       “I love it – if it’s a Lacroix!”

  • Lori

    I’m not a fan of clowns, but I’m not generally actually clown phobic. These clowns are sort of freaking me out. The clothes are pretty though.

  • muzan-e

    For the next week I shall be nurturing a small crush on the fellow holding the stepladder.

    Try to ignore my wistful, dreamy sighs.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Oh WHY did you have to go and point him out? He’s scrumdiddliumptious.

    • PeaceBang

      AW, dang!! I’m right there with you. 

    • RebeccaKW

       He’s yummy.  Is he the same deliciousness in the pic above that one, with the 2 lady clowns?  When I got to that pic, I didn’t even notice the girls right away, just him…

  • Vaniljekjeks

    Love the clothes, HATE the clowns.   Why, Vogue.  Clowns are terrifying.  Everyone knows that. 

  • SF_Gal

    Ahhh, if only American Vogue could be as thrilling.  I think it takes an actual professional MODEL, not a celebrity to pull off however, so we’ll never know.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986/ Judy S

    Great styling on that Martin Margiela pantsuit. Much better than the runway version. That pantsuit really requires a face.

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    Made for the circus. 

  • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

    Does anyone know which circus they shot this at?

  • serenitynow02

    I’m going to have bad dreams tonight.

    Love the Dior and the Chanel.

    • rainwood1

      My two favorites as well.

  • nancylee61

    One of the Fanning sisters will wear the Elie Saab, I guarantee. And that Dior!! To die!!! Would look great on Ann Hathaway. She is one of the only women tall enough to pull it off. 

  • portlandmermaid

    Those are some mighty well dressed clowns.

  • boweryboy


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

    Finally, an editorial that acknowledges that a lot of supposedly haute couture is really clown clothes!

  • ccm800

    Hard to tell which are the clothes featured in these and what is up with the lip on the Givenchy model and edit. pic? Is that nose ring or whatever it is part of the gown somehow????

  • crash1212


  • TieDye64

    You’re right, the clothes are beautiful. But, I have a wee bit of a clown phobia so I didn’t dwell. 

  • Call me Bee

    The clowns are funny, but nothing is as scary as the model in the PJs with no face.  Ew. 
    But that Dior gown is..To.  Die.  *le sigh* 

  • http://twitter.com/marriedkuntz treat yo self


  • ElitheMonkey

    The clown styling totally detracts from how gorgeous most of the clothes are (not keen on the camo gown, maybe another color).  Clowns *shudder*

  • http://twitter.com/TheRedZavodnik Ginger

    That Dior makes me weep with happiness.  What a stunning piece it is. 
    I totally see Rhianna wearing that first Gaultier.
    Clowns freak me the fuck out.  I always wonder what kind of predators are lurking underneath that painted on facade.

  • mjude


  • SewingSiren

    Clown terror runs in my family. But I like these a lot.

  • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

    I love this model! She’s so charming and pulls off the clown make-up with aplomb.

    I’m currently really into the turn-of-the-century circus thing, especially with magic, so this was fantastic. Thanks!

    • Sophie Collier

      You read “The Night Circus,” yes?

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        Not yet, actually. I was supposed to read it for a book club two months ago but there were like 500 holds on 200 copies of it at the NYPL, so I couldn’t get it in time. I’m looking forward to it, though! I need to get to it soon, before this kick goes away.

  • Sophie Collier


  • KathKo

    whenever I see clowns, I can’t help but think back to that one Discworld novel when a clown is murdered so that another one can steal his face to commit a crime while just doing so is indeed a crime.
    I so love my Pratchett…
    Ok, no point with that spread but still, clowns, yikes…

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    That foofy red floral dress!!! Such a ridiculous confection, I must have it!

  • sk8tfan

    Pennywise in tulle. Great, now I need Ambien. Except once I nod off Freddy will get me for sure.

  • Neverbuynewclothes

    Access to pictures like these is one of the reasons I check into your site, cher TLo, almost every day.  Seeing something so different is stimulating to the creative juices, giving me the inspiration to, oh, say, do the laundry or scrub the kitchen floor, or others of my hobbies.  

    Kudos to Vogue Paris — but why did they show the clothes in black and white?  The colors on several are the point as much as the styling.

  • http://www.facebook.com/izzzyy Dixie Murphy Ross

    Hate clowns, love this shoot. It just looks really, really awesome, with great clothes!

  • Stubenville

    Clowns will eat you when you fall asleep.

  • Lisa

    You know, I love every single one of these dresses – on the models!  NOT THE CLOWNS!!!  THE CLOWNS ARE COMING TO GET ME! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!

    (*Runs out of the post*)

  • snarkykitten

    it looks like The Joker has ventured into fashion…

  • Cat_In_A_Hat

    Natasha Poly. Even when she’s surrounded by clowns and contortionists, you can’t take your eyes off her. Love the shot on the trapeze ladder.

  • http://twitter.com/Kikishua CMS

    I really love the one with the stiltwalker – particularly for the expression/posture on the model – such a wonderful contrast with the original catwalk.  For some reason I keep going back to that one for another look.  Beautifully dejected shoulders – and the hair is perfect for that dress!

  • guest2visits

    Yeah; clowns creep me out. But I wish I could go back in time long enough to wear that coat and gown for a day.
    18th Century, maybe. Marie Antionette-like, I think.  And then there’s the beautiful Elie Saab.

  • ASK26

    Not phobic of clowns – they just are unattractive and unappealing.  And in this shoot a waste of the clothes

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    afraid if clowns too…… the green versace gown is gorgeous!