And, poof, they're at Coney Island. We see them run into the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus tent. Anthony is still nervous and asks for his god to help him. They are the only people in the tent. Suddenly, a curtain parts and Tim Gunn appears. The designers all applaud him. He welcomes them to the circus and tells them that they will be given a private performance of the circus. The challenge? To create a look for the bearded lady. I kid. They have to create a high-end runway look inspired by "Circus." If I were to choose a Britney song, I would have gone with "Toxic." You could use a lot of chartreuse to mimic like radioactive slime. Maybe have some dry ice coming from underneath a dress. You could really use your imagination. Wait, the circus. I'm so silly. Tim says that they can take their inspiration from anything or everything they see there today. He really emphasizes everything and at first I thought it was some sort of trick, but I think he's just being esoteric. Mila says that she was hoping "it" would be the circus, because the circus is so full of inspiration. "It" must refer to Heidi's hint and not the challenge in general. Like she's just been sitting around the entire competition hoping that one of their challenges would be circus-related.
The show begins with the ringmaster screaming to "designers of all ages." Acrobats, clowns, aerialists, etc. Jay can't stop staring at the acrobats with amazing bodies. He said so, not me. Seth Aaron says that the circus is a "world wind of explosion." There are funny clowns. Anthony expresses sympathy for a clown who gets splashed with water all over his rhinestones. Seth Aaron says that he is overwhelmed and feels like a kid again.
After the show, Tim gives them a half-hour to sketch while they're still in the tent. He reminds them that it's harder to create fashion inspired by the circus than it is to create costumes. They need to think FASHION. Emilio says that he noticed that the circus used a lot of stripes and polka dots and scale was manipulated a lot. He also noticed the colors black, white and cranberry. Emilio has experience working with circus clothing, from his time in the theatre. That's going to set him apart, so says he. Mila is inspired by the ringmaster's coat and bold personality. Anthony was inspired by the grayish blue worn by the acrobat. Jay was inspired by the exaggerated appearance of the clowns. Seth Aaron is worried about going over the top.