Cast Blog: #MADFASHION

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Crawling Across Broken Glass...

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Fit for a Queen

Episode 4: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor loves how quickly Vanessa's attitude turned around when they whipped out the tiara.

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This week the Simmons sisters were on the scene, and they brought their little friend along with them. No, not Diggy (Run's House reference!), but Barbie. Angela and Vanessa have their own "So in Style" Barbie line, and they both need Barbie-inspired dresses. Who better to doll them up than Chris March?
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The dresses were divvied up between Alex, who took on Vanessa's classic diva dream dress, and Christine, who jumped at the chance to craft Angela's "psychedelic party girl" gown. While Christine was inordinately tickled about sewing what looked like approximately five hundred petticoats for Angela's skirt, the look of pure joy on her face as she tried on all the potential tiaras for Vanessa easily trumped that. mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-104

Much like Chris I was a little, um, perplexed as to what Matt was thinking when he delivered this design for the giant sneaker purses. A rather suggestive silhouette, no?Barbie really struck a chord with Izzy, who got, dare we say, a little too into playing with the Barbies. When you're steam straightening her hair and using her tiny little doll hands to help you brush an actual wig, it might be time to put down the Barbie. mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-104

As one might expect, there was definitely a little jealousy on both sides. First Vanessa was bummed that Angela's dress was so colorful compared to her classy little black dress. But she quickly changed her tune once she realized she got to wear an awesome tiara. And once Angela saw said tiara, let's just say her dress changed from pink to green real fast.mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-104

I loved the wigs, since they added a real Barbie doll flair to the looks, but alas, the girls weren't feeling them (especially Angela). mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-104

In the end, the Simmons sisters made a splash with their opposite-end-of-the-spectrum dresses. I wonder which one Rev Run preferred?

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