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Circus Design & Inspiration Ideas, 2

We got some more swatches in to Carousel HQ this week and we’re having fun playing around with them for our new designs.

We narrowed it down to these two fabrics for our Ava dress and we’re really excited to find out what you think of them! One is a Fan design in two tones of purple with a little orange accent. The other swatch is a graphic floral design with a red base colour…almost like a painting.

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Circus Design Inspiration: Fabric options for the Ava dress

Click the pic to see what versions of the Ava we currently have online. In the meantime leave a comment below letting us know what you think…purple or red?

Lots of Love, Carousel xoxo

Circus Design & Inspiration Ideas

We want to let you in on how our ‘Circus’ designs come to be.

Our design process is simple- we take inspiration from Vintage silhouettes and actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood ie. Audrey Hepburn, Joan Crawford. From this we get our dress shapes like the shift, the Teadress, and the classic A-Line.


Circus Design Inspiration Twiggy

We’re currently designing our Spring range so we’re picking from all these amazing fabrics. We’re thinking of one of these prints for our Twiggy dress. Small patterns are great for Spring while the pink and blue will still tie in well with your Winter wardrobe.

Let us know which fabric you prefer in the comments below.

All the best, Carousel xoxo

‘Circus’: Behind the Brand

At Carousel we have always strived to excite our customers. So inspired by you we have launched our own brand,


We design and sell this Vintage-inspired range in our shop.

We began ‘Circus’ as it was difficult to source fun and interesting pieces that would be unique to Carousel. Items that we could repeat when sold out or edit the design to suit your requests in our own factory. It was also challenging to find good quality individual items at an affordable price. In many ways the creation of Circus was a natural progression and an exciting development of our store Carousel. We felt we had a perfect place to launch the brand we could not find anywhere else.

The name came from a lot of brainstorming! We wanted a word which would evoke nostalgia, fun, and colour and ‘Circus’ is all that. We wanted a name that will stand the test of time.

Circus Brigitte Dress, Carousel. €65 at

Circus Ingrid dress €59, available at

Circus Lucille dress, €65. Available at

Above are 3 examples of Circus dresses, the inspirations for them and our first sketches in the design process. Running through all of these is our love of Vintage silhouettes & patterns.

Love, Carousel. xoxo

New Patterns & Prints for Circus!

We’ve only just got a boatload of new stock in to Carousel from Irish label Circus. There are so many fantastic new patterns & prints!

There’s a nature theme running through these new prints. Many varieties of birds, leaves and flowers are included in a broad selection of colours. We especially love the Daisy print and Navy and White Swallow print.

Below are our picks for you 🙂 They are available in-store now and will be available online at from tonight. Patterns & Prints from Circus

New Patterns & Prints for Circus Autumn 2014 collection at Carousel

Don’t be afraid to clash different patterns. Just be sure that the main colours work well with each colour. These pieces are best accessoriesed with very simple jewellery or block colour scarves. New Patterns & Prints from Circus

New Patterns & Prints for Circus Autumn 2014 collection at Carousel


love, Carousel xoxo