Freak Show was one of my favourite seasons of AHS. Although I enjoyed the story and the characters, the thing that drew me in and held me tight was the costumes. It was the first time that a season of AHS was set entirely within one time period. The early fifties are the setting for this instalment of the titillating television show. It was an era that mixed Hollywood glamour with rugged rock and roll and gave us some of the most enviable fashion of all time. And Freak Show gives us a wealth of gorgeous characters with distinctly different looks to dazzle our senses. So pull up a seat, grab your popcorn, and feast your eyes on the style of American Horror Story: Freak Show.
Spoiled and polished, this dastardly villain’s style is pure preppy. Tailored lines, pinstripes and razor sharp accessories make Dandy’s look devilishly handsome. Choose high collars, brogues and ascot ties to copy this look at home. And don’t forget to add a clown tie pin, a homage to Dandy’s secret desire to run away and join the circus.
Eve’s look is down-to-earth but never sloppy. She evokes the image of the sweet girl-next-door with her shorts and bright red sneakers. But Eve is anything but rough and tumble. With her off-the-shoulder blouses and gold earrings, she’s got a sexy side too. Although she’s the one who has to hang all the lights and banners, her headscarf keeps every hair perfectly in place, so this amazon always looks sinfully gorgeous.
If there’s one word that sums up Elsa’s style, it’s “Drama”. Elsa incorporates rich colours, luxurious fabrics and luscious textures. This is a woman who dresses to be seen, and she wants to make sure that even the folks in the cheap seats can’t miss her. Feathers, sequins, splits and prints all make their appearance in Elsa’s wardrobe. Although ultra-femme with her heels and silk stockings, Elsa manages to incorporate several androgynous elements like fedoras and neckties to take power dressing to it’s glamorous pinnacle.
Desiree is pure, unadulterated sex on a pair of teetering heels. Her clothes are intended to entice and allure, but never give away too much of the game. Sheer fabrics and deep plunges are common, but flouncing layers and thick furs make sure that plenty is left to the imagination. Desiree loves dark shades and leopard print, and is never without a pair of dramatic earrings. Gorgeous lingerie is a must for this diva, to make sure that the final flourish is as dazzling as possible when she finally disrobes.
Bette and Dot Tattler
Bette and Dot’s style is a study in duality. There’s a definite push and pull here, and this is the style of a woman who is still very much a little girl at heart. Sheltered and timid, yet eager to experience the delights of the big world beyond their backyard, Bette and Dot mix mature and innocent elements to create outfits that are pretty but still a tiny bit cheeky. Soft colours, sweetheart necklines and their ever-present hairbows mix with heels, handbags and silky fabrics. And of course, the twins are never without their journal to record every day of their adventures.
Jimmy’s look is reminiscent of so many Hollywood bad-boys of the era. Jimmy takes inspiration from Elvis Presley, James Dean and Marlon Brando for a look that is casual, rough and super masculine. Jeans, fitted tee shirts and open button-downs are the staples of Jimmy’s wardrobes. His outfits are unfussy and simple, and the colours are earthy. The one hint of adornment is the gold chain Jimmy wears on occasion, although this lobster charm is a cheeky addition I made to his outfit.
Which character’s style do you most covet?