Victorian Punk'd

Episode 6:'s Assistant Editor thinks he may have Susanne Bartsch's style pinned down.

This week's client, Susanne Bartsch, was definitely a challenge since, well, she already rocks some pretty Mad Fashion herself. She's like a mix of Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Elvira, and a harajuku girl all rolled up into one. How much did you wish you could just have free reign to play with all the crazy items in her apartment? In this exclusive clip, Susanne shows off some of her favorite kooky creations to Chris (almost as good as getting to play at her Victorian punk lair in person). mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-106

The first round of designs for Susanne skewed a little more Liberace showstopper than queen of New York nightlife showstopper, forcing Chris to shake things up and use the top of the coat he cut up. You've got to wonder though, what became of that be-feathered cape? Is it lying around in a box waiting to be repurprosed? There must be a future use for a Red Riding Hood cape lined with what looks like a muppet. mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-106

Unfortunately yet another client declined to wear one of Izzy's spectacular wigs. I figured if anyone would be up for it, it would be Susanne, but alas she chose to go with her already outrageous mohawk. Izzy was definitely right to say the wig is "Tim Burton's wet dream," because I'm fairly certain Helena Bonham Carter has wore the exact same 'do in Sweeney Toddmad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-106

After a number of outfit overhauls, Susanne's finished look was feathery, fierce, fairly see-through, and a fully functional showstopper. I was a bit worried that every time she turned around she'd be hitting people in the face with all those feathers, but hey, a little tickling can only liven up a party, right? Next week Chris and the crew tackle a Marie Antoinette inspired gown. The catch? They only have three days to do it.

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,