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Monday, December 5

Georgian Head Feathers, Chris March, and Brastrocity!

One of my favorite not so secret vices is watching Project Runway. In season 4 I fell head over heels in love with Chris March, the outrageously flamboyant designer of over the top outfits. He and Christian Siriano made a to-die for outfit in a team challenge.
Chris contemplating the headdress with feathers
Chris is finishing up his own show on Bravo, Mad Fashion, Season 1. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed that show. He and his team create tailor-made outfits for fashionistas, most of whom want to make a splash for an opening or a fashion show. Those of us who have followed Chris know that he often takes his inspiration from historical sources. Take the 'brastrocity' gown featured on Bravo.
Jene's brastrocity gown is made with bra cups
Jené Luciani's The Bra Book was recently published, and she wanted a special gown for the launch of her book. And did Chris give her one! It reminded me forcibly of the court gowns of the late 18th century and the long trailing headdress feathers that teased the candelabras overhead. Chris designs with a sense of humor, for if you look closely you can see that Jene's skirt is composed of bedazzled bra cups. Yet, as you can see from the illustration below, his design echoed fashions from the past.

1794-5 Court gown with feathers
What do you think of Chris's creation in relation to historical fashion?
1796 court dress, Heideloff Gallery
Chris March's last Season 1 Bravo show will air this coming Wednesday.

Jené's Bra Book asserts that the majority of women
are wearing the wrong bra size. Food for thought.


Mom Walds Place said...

Actually, there are quite a few witty and informative lingerie and brassiere books out there. Little bits of history and little bits of fun for the bits they don't share on the runway.

Enid Wilson said...

Oh, I always thought Project Runway was about selecting top models. I must have got it confused. Have to watch it next time. We've a news presenter here who is a fashionista. It's quite interesting to see what she'd wear next. Beat concentrating on depressing news sometimes.

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Laura S. said...

LOVE Project Runway. @Enid: it is actually a great show on actually sewing and designing clothes, with often restrictions and definitely time limits. It is fascinating to watch.
I also loved him on the show, but somehow missed his new one. Gonna have to catch up now!