Cast Blog: #MADFASHION

On With Her Head!

Goth Glam Goodness

Met with a Challenge

Ta-Ta Talk

Our Cups Runneth Over

'Wifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Haute Dog

High Wig, High Tea

Victorian Punk'd

Gotta Have a Gimmick

Flower Power

Tulips and Pansies and More Pansies

Fit for a Queen

Sister Act

Jennifer Coolidge is the Best

Crawling Across Broken Glass...

Blood, Sweat, and Glittery Sandpaper

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Dina?

Saw

Ready for Takeoff!

On With Her Head!

Chris thinks Tracy's outfit may end up being his favorite piece this season.

OK, I looove this episode. I have a feeling it will be my favorite for many reasons: pet tents, huge tea cups, a fabulous wig, a dress made out of bedspreads, and of course, Babydoll Glamourlou. Yes, that is the name of Christine's dog. And yes, they wear matching outfits. Say no more. This was a fun, fabulous project that we really sunk our teeth into (we had to, with only three days) and came up with what I think is the most fantastic image of the whole season -- Marie Antoinette arriving at her event in a horse and carriage through the New York City traffic.
This outfit was a tough one to get started, since the materials were hard to find. But once we had them, it was full speed ahead into 18th century France! I must mention the incredible talents of Alex Bartlett especially in this episode even though everyone brought their A-game. Alex hit it out of the park with an extremely complicated, boned and fitted bodice that was absolute perfection (and made in a very short amount of time). What a wizard! Christine also stepped up to the plate with her harlequin-patchwork front panel of the skirt, made from metallic gold python leather and brocade. All things added together, a head to toe showstopper!

We all met Christine's little dog on this episode, which she talks about constantly as her "dog daughter." Wait until next week's episode when Babydoll makes another costumed guest appearance. Unbelievable.  I think we all learned that maybe my shop is not the best place to bring a little dog, unless you want it to accidentally end up in a wig. But Christine is Christine, and a big part of that is her dog obsession. We all have our little quirks. I was a little worried about our client, Tracy Stern, who was shy (at first), but turned out to have a wild side that she was hiding from the world. Once she donned that magical Marie Antoinette dress, she was transformed like Cinderella and ready for the ball. Her confidence level went through the roof, and even though they didn't show it, she was my only client this season who actually cried when she had on the final outfit. I guess that makes me some sort of a fairy godmother. A title I don't mind in the least.

See you soon,  

Chris

Met with a Challenge

Chris explains why Chrissy's gown was the biggest challenge of the season.

Fulfilling my lifelong dream of designing a gown for the Met Ball (The Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual costume ball) was incredible; having an amazing client like Chrissy Teigen was amazing (and getting to cover the dress with thousands of Swarovski crystals was so decadent). Then why was this task the most overwhelming one of all the ten episodes of Mad Fashion? One word -- pressure. The overwhelming pressure of one of my designs being seen at the incredible fashion arena that the Met Ball has become was one sort of pressure, but having such a short period of time to do it in was another. My first shot at it and I have to get it done in three days! That, plus the added drama that Chrissy's boyfriend, who just happens to be John Legend, was there to give his opinion. Oh, and did I mention I only had three days?! The black beads, sequins, feathers, and safety pins were flying, and between all of us we magically whipped up a dark, sexy, feathered, and human-haired dramatic masterpiece. There was a little tussle over the leather neck corset I wanted Chrissy to wear, but she was more comfortable with the feathered collar with a custom-made dramatic necklace. She looked amazing (when doesn't she?) and had her red carpet Black Swan fantasy come true. I was thrilled to see the dramatic train we worked so hard on floating up the red stairs of the museum. Chills! I can't believe that ten episodes have gone by so quickly. A lot of work went into each one, from the camera crews, the editors, the sound guys, the electricians, the directors, executives, and especially from Matt, Izzy, Alex, Christine, and Jake. What an amazing experience -- to get to work with such great people doing what I love, and then have it magically turned into a fun and outrageous TV show! And like Carol Burnett always used to say, "I truly am so glad we had this time together."

See you soon,

Chris