Cast Blog: #MADFASHION

'Wifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Goth Glam Goodness

Met with a Challenge

Ta-Ta Talk

Our Cups Runneth Over

Haute Dog

High Wig, High Tea

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!

'Wifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Episode 8: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor thinks that Ralphie's Wonderdog outfit may have stolen the show.

Before we dive into the episode, I'd like to draw your attention to this unseen moment where the crew discusses the '50s.

I love Izzy and her assetions that she probably would have been "burned at the stake" back in the '50s, but what I don't get is how she doesn't think I Love Lucy is funny. Now that's true blasphemy. Plus Lucy was never content to just be a housewife, she was always scheming with Ethel about how she might work her way into Ricky's show or win money on a game show for the mink stole she wants, etc. That girl was indurstrious!

OK, OK, enough of my Lucy rant.mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-108

This may be the best sketch Chris has done this season. Maria's dress was definitely a showstopper, but come one, how do you compete with a dog dressed as a loaf of bread?!mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-108

This pretty much sums up how we felt about that shopping cart Matt bought from the homeless man as well, Jake. But unlike you, Jake, we did not then have to take it outside and clean it with bleach. Not exactly the most glamorous job. Something tells me if Maria knew where that cart was procured, she might not have been so into pushing it around.

In any event, the most important question remains unanswered -- where does one purchase a shopping cart?

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Yipes! That's the sentiment Maria's look was conveying when she tried on the wig. Everyone always seems so shocked when Izzy whips out an outrageous wig, but what did they expect? It's Chris March's studio! You're not going to walk out with a demure little black dress. Luckily they persuaded her to wear the wig, and thank goodness, because it really brought the outfit to the next level.mad-fashion-season-1-gallery-episode-108

I think it's safe to say that Maria and Ralphie were far and away the best dressed duo at the event. I was hoping they'd give her a trophy to place in the cart (probably next to the giant jar of olives). Next week Chris' cup runneth over when his client asks for a cool, cleavage-exposing number.

Our Cups Runneth Over

Chris thinks all the bra cups ended up looking like pink Peeps.

For starters, there was a lot in this episode that you didn't see. For example, Jene's home where we initially met is in New Jersey, and it is literally the size of a train station ! I thought they would show more of it for sure. Second, this show was split in half by the Jennifer Coolidge Mardi Gras trip, so we are funny and fresh at the beginning, and literally back to the workshop after waking up for a plane at 2:30 in the morning by the time of the fitting, dead tired. Ugh. Also, Christine gave up on the spray painting of the bra cups (which was originally Matt's idea) after about two hours. And when she heard there was a bedazzling project to be had, she got Jake into that blue suit so fast your head would spin. I can't blame her though -- I hate spray painting. Jene was a fun, breezy client. I love that she was so game to wear a dress made from bras. Also, those bras were hard to find! This episode turned ChrisMarchDesign into a factory. We churned out 400 bra cups, with each one cut out, trimmed, painted, and rhinestoned. It looked like we were farming some sort of strange item that looked like over-grown pink Peeps. But after Matt and I built the hoop and started applying them, we knew it was going to be incredible. Now, what to do about the top? Izzy was fun to shop with for bras, and the owners at Bra Tenders liked her so much they ended up giving her a set of rhinestoned pasties as a gift. (You can see them quickly in one scene stuck to the outside of her blouse.) With boned bustier in hand, we went back to the "farm" to help out with the harvest. I thought she was going to end up looking completely naked, so on the way to the shop the morning of the fitting I stopped for some magenta fabric to make a quick stole. It came out so cute, with a zebra lining and bow. (Her favorite thing besides pink -- zebra!) She actually had a zebra clutch to match. Another thing you don't see -- her event was literally around the corner from my studio (how convenient!), so she got dressed and left directly from there with the camera crew.

This show contains my "gay MacGuyver of fashion" line, and now I remember why. We did use a lot of crazy stuff to make this one...including nylon webbing, backpack buckles, fishing line, office clips, electrical cable ties, hooping, a pricing gun, and a ton of spray paint. Not exactly couture, but we turned out a winner! I thought the end result was the perfect balance of flattering, whimsical, sexy, fun, and outrageous -- just like Jene. So it just goes to show you that all you need is a couple of hundred bras to make the perfect party dress.

See you soon,

Chris