Cast Blog: #MADFASHION

High Wig, High Tea

Goth Glam Goodness

Met with a Challenge

Ta-Ta Talk

Our Cups Runneth Over

'Wifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Haute Dog

On With Her Head!

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!

High Wig, High Tea

Episode 7: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor thinks all wigs should be large enough to support oversize novelty items.

Before we dive into the fabulous folds of the Marie Antoinette costume, I encourage you take a moment of zen courtesy of Christine's dog, Babydoll Glamourlou. I found this unseen footage of her prancing around Chris' studio to be a sheer delight. I mean she's so small and frisky! And she's wearing a little pink dress! mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-107

This week's challenge -- to create a Marie Antoinette-inspired look for Tracy Stern -- was a lot of fun (if you couldn't already tell from the photo above). Turning around such an elaborate costume in only three days may not be feasible for most, but Chris and his crew were up for the challenge. Chris really put the mad in Mad Fashion as he used pet tents to save time on the construction of the skirt (or the bra, according to Chris).mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-107

For me though it was all about that enormous tea cup on that even more enormous wig. If only all wigs could be this large. How amazing would it be to see Kim Zolciak wearing a blond wig that big? Perhaps with a large novelty box of cigarettes or a microphone affixed to it? But I digress. I was just glad that Tracy was able to carry that tower of hair on her head.mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-107

Well this is one way to walk through the park (and in my opinion the best way). Can you imagine being that guy behind Tracy? I would love seeing Marie Antoinette strolling about, that's the sort of thing that makes your day. I'm guessing Tracy knocked it out of the park at her tea party, because really the only person who might be able to top that is Marie Antoinette herself. Next week Matt buys a shopping cart from a homeless man. Just watch.

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