Nothing is more iconic than traditional circus costumes, but much has changed since the heyday of the classical circus. By rejecting this colourful and glamorous heritage, contemporary costume design has undergone a major evolution, passing from neutral colours to plain clothes or even training gear as it makes a sharp break from glittering sequins and skinny leotards.
During the first CARP seminar on 14 January 2020 we argued over where we stand now in the rich and fascinating story of costume development in contemporary circus; debated the implications of designing for circus, and the limitations a designer might stumble upon in their work; and exchanged on how textile innovation can influence costume design and push the limits of circus techniques. Indeed, many questions were tackled during this first CARP Seminar.
This publication collects the talks of our guest speakers, all of whom were invited to share their work and research last January in the House of Alijn, Ghent (BE) during the festival Smells Like Circus.