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Circus Couture: Charity. Circus. Fashion. Art.

By Ashley Sutherland

When the entertainment community becomes passionate about a cause, truly infinite possibilities emerge from the creative minds involved.   In 2010, Circus Couture, a Nevada non-profit organization in Las Vegas focusing on raising money for pediatric cancer care and research was born.  Now in it’s eighth year, Circus Couture and the hundreds of volunteers that create the circus, fashion, art spectacular are already thinking of what to create next.  Since 2010, Circus Couture has raised over $1.4 million USD to benefit the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada and its Charity Care Program through Cure 4 The Kids Foundation. The proceeds of the event allow patients who are in need of medical treatment to receive it-even if the patient is without medical insurance or without the ability to pay for treatment.


Las Vegas is a city built on entertainment but it is also a community with a heart. Circus Couture’s roster of volunteers and performers reads like a who’s who in circus entertainment. Gracing the stage each year are world champions, circus royalty, and performing gems from across the globe. These artists create acts specifically for Circus Couture and donate their talents simply because they share our dream of a healthy future for kids. The Las Vegas circus community is as rich in compassion as it is in talent.  It’s all about the kids… It’s very likely that a world champion set up the chair you’ll sit in to enjoy the show.

If Ringling Brothers claims to be the greatest show on earth, Circus Couture might claim to be the kindest.


New York, London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Paris, and Las Vegas are cities that feature high fashion. People-watch in casinos on The Strip on a Saturday night and you’ll see a veritable runway of the latest fashions. Las Vegas has its finger on the pulse of what’s hot in fashion and Circus Couture is a Las Vegas charity through and through. In addition to current brand name fashions, Circus Couture  features a a collaborative and featured designer runway. Featuring the wildest, most over the top, avant-garde fashions Las Vegas designers can dream up, the Circus Couture runway is a showcase for the creativity and madness at the heart of this community. 2010’s final runway look was made of over 80 yards of fabric and inspired by the words “Rock and Roll” and “Cupcake.”

To tell you to expect surprises is an understatement.


Paint to canvas, hands to clay, light to film, and beauty captured in time. The brilliance our circus performers have to offer in motion, our artists bring to life in the medium of stillness. No revolution would be complete without art. From the pointed messages of propaganda to the intellectual transformation of the Renaissance, art captures our history and allows it to live in perpetuity. Circus Couture offers a feast for your eyes and decorating desires on a gallery of art all donated for auction. Featuring a variety of work from prominent local and national artists, paintings, sculptures, lithographs, and photography.


There is a phrase that many of the Circus Couture volunteers use, “No sleep til Brooklyn” quoted from the famed Beastie Boys song.  This quote became necessary because all of the Circus Couture volunteers have full time jobs and with many working in entertainment all over the world, the annual Circus Couture spectacular is planned in the wee hours of the morning or into the night.  It takes a sustained collaborative effort and thousands of hours to create the show, produce the couture and recruit fine art.  The passion the volunteers of Circus Couture present is second to none and more people join the movement each year.  Perhaps you could be next? Visit circus-couture.com to learn more.

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Featured photo credit: Photo Credit: Joseph Donato of Cashman Photo. Act: “Extroversion” by AcroArmy, AcroArmy Cast: Erica Linz, Aisley Boynton, Andrew Phillips, Ashlee Conlin, Becca Gutstadt, James Heugh, Megan Megan Vaughan Giesbrecht, Ryan Gibson, Sean Oxley, Tad Tad Terrell, Tari Mannello, Zavier McDonald, Feature Model: Jordan Best-Grim, Music Composers & Directors: Arthur Davis III & Renato Teroy . Location The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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