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 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.
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.
What do you think of Chris's creation in relation to historical fashion?
Chris March's last Season 1 Bravo show will air this coming Wednesday.
|Chris contemplating the headdress with feathers|
|Jene's brastrocity gown is made with bra cups|
|1794-5 Court gown with feathers|
|1796 court dress, Heideloff Gallery|
|Jené's Bra Book asserts that the majority of women|
are wearing the wrong bra size. Food for thought.