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Send in the Clowns: Court Jester Realness Courtesy of Will Ferrell, Kate Moss, and More


Mario Sorrenti

Remember when there were reports of clown sightings all over the place in 2016? Well, somehow three years later the harlequin trend has returned, what with the second installment of the It franchise premiering in theaters this weekend, hullabaloo about Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming Joker movie dominating the discourse online, and even the fashion realm leaning into the circus aesthetic this year (as evidenced by the Dior 2019 spring couture show). Even some celebrities will have you saying, “Pagliacci, who?” when you read some of the words that have come out of their mouths as of late. Needless to say, the clownery is at an all time high this year. And if you’re looking to dress the part of a court jester, look no further: these images straight from the pages of W will do the trick.

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Mario Sorrenti

Will Ferrell photographed by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, February 2012.

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Mert and Marcus

Jessica Stam photographed by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, March 2005.

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Steven Klein

Emma Heming and Bruce Willis photographed by Steven Klein for W Magazine, July 2009.

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Tim Walker

Scarlett Johansson photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, June 2011.

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Juergen Teller

Brie Larson photographed by Juergen Teller for W Magazine, February 2014.

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Tim Walker

Tessa Thompson photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, February 2015.

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Tim Walker

Bradley Cooper photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, February 2015.

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Mario Sorrenti

Photograph by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, March 2012.

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David Fincher

Rosamund Pike photographed by David Fincher for W Magazine, May 2014.

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Tim Walker

Tilda Swinton photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, May 2013.

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Tim Walker

Elle Fanning and Dakota Fanning photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, February 2015.

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Mert and Marcus

Natalia Vodianova photographed by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2004.

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Mert and Marcus

Photograph by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, September 2007.

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Tim Walker

Photograph by Tim Walker for W Magazine, December 2016.

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Tim Walker

Paul Joyce and Daniel Sallstrom photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, September 2010.

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Paolo Roversi

Photograph by Paolo Roversi for W Magazine, October 2006.

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Mario Sorrenti

Photograph by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, November 2006.

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Mert and Marcus

Lara Stone photographed by Mert and Marcus for W Magazine, November 2012.

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Tim Walker

Photograph by Tim Walker for W Magazine, December 2016.

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Mario Sorrenti

Caroline Brasch Nielsen photographed by Mario Sorrenti for W Magazine, March 2013.

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Tim Walker

Katherine Waterston photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine, February 2015.