A fashion fantasy from Lookbook Atlanta and Cirque du Soleil Kurios

Cirque Du Soleil Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities has been attracting crowds since its Atlanta opening in March. Kurios is the 35th production from Cirque du Soleil and on April 24, the show celebrated its two-year anniversary.

Set in the last half of the 19th century, Kurios is an ode to the science, discoveries and inventions that led to the industrial revolution. Audiences journey through the mind of a seeker who believes in the existence of an invisible world where crazy ideas and big dreams await.

Visually, the production plays heavily on the Victorian/Edwardian era steampunk trend, a look that began appearing on high fashion runways as early as 2010.

Lookbook Atlanta, the luxury city guide for insiders, was given the opportunity to use Kurios as the inspiration for a fashion shoot which featured an array of designs from Etro, Erdem, Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta and more.

Steampunk’s appeal lies in its balance of both past and future, said Jabe Mabrey, who served as Fashion Director and stylist for the shoot.

“It is kind of nostalgia. There is a lot of the past — the turn of the century — but Mad Max futuristic as well,” he said. “I’m drawn to it because I love the neo-Victorian, 1890s look all over again.”

The following fashion editorial — created by a team of locals — blends culture and fashion in the city and hopefully entices Lookbook readers to seek out more.

As the city expands, it becomes harder to understand what is going on, how it all fits together and to find your place in it, said Lookbook creator and editor, Tova Gelfond. “The goal is to allow people to say, ‘I can’t believe this is happening in my community,'” she said.

Credits for all images: Photography by Alex Martinez. Fashion Director + Styling by Jabe Mabrey. Production by Tova Gelfond. Art Direction by Avi Gelfond. Hair styling by Katie Ballard. Makeup by Stephen Mancuso. Digital tech: Aubrey Longley-Cook. 1st assistant: John David Raper. 2nd assistant: Brett Falcon.

 

“Victorian Times”: Victorian fashion nods have been seen all over the runways this season in the form of small, stacked buttons, lace details, high necklines and corsets.

6662_Mini Lily's House Shot (tea party) - Featuring "Mini Lili" Dress, $8,000, ERDEM, at Neiman Marcus. Belt, $2,800, AZZEDINE ALAIA, at Jeffrey. Shoes, $1,295, GIANVITO ROSSI, at Neiman Marcus. THE LOOK: "Victorian Times" - Victorian fashion nods have been seen all over the runways this season in the form of small, stacked buttons, lace details, high necklines and corsets. GET THE LOOK FOR LESS: Cutout Faux Leather Corset Waist Belt, $118, BCBGMaxazria, FULL CREDITS: Photography by Alex Martinez. Fashion Director + Styling by Jabe Mabrey. Production by Tova Gelfond. Art Direction by Avi Gelfond Hair styling by Katie Ballard. Makeup by Stephen Mancuso. Digital tech: Aubrey Longley-Cook. 1st assistant: John David Raper. 2nd assistant: Brett Falcon.

Featuring “Mini Lili”: Dress, $8,000, Erdem, at Neiman Marcus. Belt, $2,800, Azzedine Alaia, at Jeffrey. Shoes, $1,295, Gianvito Rossi, at Neiman Marcus. Get the look for less: Cutout Faux Leather Corset Waist Belt, $118, BCBGMaxazria.

 

“Line Work”: Lines and stripes have made a big comeback this season. Whether it’s a nautical horizontal line or linear, color blocked stripes, this trend is a sophisticated classic.

7767_Contortionist: Featuring the "Electric Eels" Dress, $5,995, CHLOE, at Peoples. Vintage bracelet, stylist's own. THE LOOK: "Line Work" - Lines and stripes have made a big comeback this season. Whether it's a nautical horizontal line or linear, color blocked stripes, this trend is a sophisticated classic. FULL CREDITS: Photography by Alex Martinez. Fashion Director + Styling by Jabe Mabrey. Production by Tova Gelfond. Art Direction by Avi Gelfond Hair styling by Katie Ballard. Makeup by Stephen Mancuso. Digital tech: Aubrey Longley-Cook. 1st assistant: John David Raper. 2nd assistant: Brett Falcon.

Featuring the “Electric Eels”:  Dress, $5,995, Chloe, at Peoples. Vintage bracelet, stylist’s own.

 

“Floral Suits You”: This season flowers are everywhere, from home decor to nail art. But the most fashionable way to hop on this trend is with a floral emblazoned blazer.

27951_ Ringmaster: CREDIT: Blazer, $2,895, STELLA MCCARTNEY, Ruffle blouse, $1,250, and Shorts, $950, both CHLOE, all at People's. Opera Hat and Whip, stylist's own. THE LOOK: "Floral Suits You" - This season flowers are everywhere, from home decor to nail art. But the most fashionable way to hop on this trend is with a floral emblazoned blazer. GET THE LOOK FOR LESS: Marissa Webb Edison Jacquard Suit Romper, $598, Intermix FULL CREDITS: Photography by Alex Martinez. Fashion Director + Styling by Jabe Mabrey. Production by Tova Gelfond. Art Direction by Avi Gelfond Hair styling by Katie Ballard. Makeup by Stephen Mancuso. Digital tech: Aubrey Longley-Cook. 1st assistant: John David Raper. 2nd assistant: Brett Falcon.

Ringmaster: Blazer, $2,895, Stella McCartney, Ruffle blouse, $1,250, and Shorts, $950, both Chloe, all at People’s. Opera Hat and Whip, stylist’s own. Get the look for less: Marissa Webb Edison Jacquard Suit Romper, $598, Intermix.

 

“Ruffles and More Ruffles”: Spring and summer are the queens of ruffles. From light and airy chiffon to thick and structured Taffeta, ruffles are playful and lovely for all occasions day or night.

6553_Light shot: Featuring "The Kurios" Dress, $5,500, and Sandals, $980, both GUCCI, both at Gucci. Saffron Necklace, $2,200, and Natural Necklace, $2,050, both BOTTEGA VENETA, both at Bottega Veneta. THE LOOK: "Ruffles and More Ruffles" - Spring and summer are the queens of ruffles. From light and airy chiffon to thick and structured Taffeta, ruffles are playful and lovely for all occasions day or night. FULL CREDITS: Photography by Alex Martinez. Fashion Director + Styling by Jabe Mabrey. Production by Tova Gelfond. Art Direction by Avi Gelfond Hair styling by Katie Ballard. Makeup by Stephen Mancuso. Digital tech: Aubrey Longley-Cook. 1st assistant: John David Raper. 2nd assistant: Brett Falcon.

Featuring “The Kurios”: Dress, $5,500, and Sandals, $980, both Gucci at Gucci. Saffron Necklace, $2,200, and Natural Necklace, $2,050, both Bottega Veneta at Bottega Veneta.

 

“The Mauve Maxi”: This summer is wild with nude pinks and purples. They are blushing, romantic and effortlessly on trend. On a Maxi Dress, it’s both feminine and a tad flirty – even if you’re all covered up.

_6369_ Hand Shot: Hand-painted Gown, $24,000, VALENTINO, at Valentino. Shoes, $1,195, GIANVITO ROSSI, at Neiman Marcus. Vintage Necklace and Rings, stylist's own. THE LOOK: "The Mauve Maxi" - This summer is wild with nude pinks and purples. They are blushing, romantic and effortlessly on trend. On a Maxi Dress, it's both feminine and a tad flirty - even if you're all covered up. GET THE LOOK FOR LESS: Juliet Maxi Dress, $365, For Love and Lemons. FULL CREDITS: Photography by Alex Martinez. Fashion Director + Styling by Jabe Mabrey. Production by Tova Gelfond. Art Direction by Avi Gelfond Hair styling by Katie Ballard. Makeup by Stephen Mancuso. Digital tech: Aubrey Longley-Cook. 1st assistant: John David Raper. 2nd assistant: Brett Falcon.

Featuring the Hand: Hand-painted Gown, $24,000, Valentino, at Valentino. Shoes, $1,195, Gianvito Rossi, at Neiman Marcus. Vintage Necklace and Rings, stylist’s own. Get the look for less: Juliet Maxi Dress, $365, For Love and Lemons.

 

“Showing Leg”: From high-low asymmetrical dresses to sheer maxis and high-slits, showing your legs for summer is the way to go, even at the most buttoned-up engagements.

7266_Acrobat shot: "Aerial Straps artist" Dress, $5,500, ROBERTO CAVALLI, and Boots, $1,495, ROGER VIVIER, both at Neiman Marcus. Vintage necklace and bracelet, both stylist's own. THE LOOK: "Showing Leg" - From high-low asymmetrical dresses to sheer maxis and high-slits, showing your legs for summer is the way to go, even at the most buttoned-up engagements. FULL CREDITS: Photography by Alex Martinez. Fashion Director + Styling by Jabe Mabrey. Production by Tova Gelfond. Art Direction by Avi Gelfond Hair styling by Katie Ballard. Makeup by Stephen Mancuso. Digital tech: Aubrey Longley-Cook. 1st assistant: John David Raper. 2nd assistant: Brett Falcon.

Featuring “Aerial Straps artist”: Dress, $5,500, Roberto Cavalli, and Boots, $1,495, Roger Vivier, both at Neiman Marcus. Vintage necklace and bracelet, both stylist’s own.

 

“White Lace”: White hot summer in Atlanta will be the perfect time to don a white-hot mini dress. Lace details will keep it classy and on-trend – perfect for a daytime party.

7052_3's Company shot: Featuring "Nico the Accordion Man" and "Klara the Telegraph of the Invisible" Dress, $4,250, and Boots, $2,450, both ETRO, both at Etro. THE LOOK: "White Lace" - White hot summer in Atlanta will be the perfect time to don a white-hot mini dress. Lace details will keep it classy and on-trend - perfect for a daytime party. GET THE LOOK FOR LESS: Lace Mini Dress, $135, Topshop FULL CREDITS: Photography by Alex Martinez. Fashion Director + Styling by Jabe Mabrey. Production by Tova Gelfond. Art Direction by Avi Gelfond Hair styling by Katie Ballard. Makeup by Stephen Mancuso. Digital tech: Aubrey Longley-Cook. 1st assistant: John David Raper. 2nd assistant: Brett Falcon.

Featuring “Nico the Accordion Man” and “Klara the Telegraph of the Invisible”: Dress, $4,250, and Boots, $2,450, both Etro, both at Etro. Get the look for less: Lace Mini Dress, $135, Topshop.

 

“Blue Crush”: Why so blue this summer? Because whether it’s robin’s egg or pure powder, true blues are the bold way to catch attention.

7636_With the husband and wife shot: Featuring the "Russian Cradle Duo" Dress, $3,500, GUCCI, at Gucci. Belt, $1,200, MARNI, at Jeffrey. Shoes, $1,395, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, at Christian Louboutin. THE LOOK: "Blue Crush" - Why so blue this summer? Because whether it's robin's egg or pure powder, true blues are the bold way to catch attention. FULL CREDITS: Photography by Alex Martinez. Fashion Director + Styling by Jabe Mabrey. Production by Tova Gelfond. Art Direction by Avi Gelfond Hair styling by Katie Ballard. Makeup by Stephen Mancuso. Digital tech: Aubrey Longley-Cook. 1st assistant: John David Raper. 2nd assistant: Brett Falcon.

Featuring the “Russian Cradle Duo”: Dress, $3,500, GUCCI, at Gucci. Belt, $1,200, Marni, at Jeffrey. Shoes, $1,395, Christian Louboutin, at Christian Louboutin.

 

Wondering how it all came together? The AJC went behind-the-scenes during the photo shoot to show you how Lookbook Atlanta and Cirque Du Soleil made it all happen:

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Cirque du Soleil Kurios Cabinet of Curiosities runs at Atlantic Station through May 8. Click here for information and tickets.

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