[Chris March, courtesy Macy's]
'Runway' alum does Glamorama Most people recognize Chris March from his memorable appearance on the fourth season of "Project Runway," thanks to his over-the-top personality and penchant for sequins and glitter. The fan favorite is in town Friday for Macy's Glamorama at the Orpheum Theatre, for which he's creating costumes for the opening number. We spoke with him over the phone from his home in New York.
Q: You got people talking with the gowns you designed for Meryl Streep for the Golden Globes and Oscars. What was it like working with her?
A: She's one of the most famous actresses in the world so I was a little bit nervous to meet her, but it turned out she was a big fan of mine. She's so sweet and so nice, and she just knows what she wants. Coming up with something that ended up on the top 10 list was amazing.
Q: Drag queen Bambi Lake has said that her inspiration for doing drag happened after she viewed Andy Warhol's film "Trash." What was the defining moment that made you decide to express yourself in drag?
A: Wow, I never really thought of it until now. It had to be when I found a copy of "Mommie Dearest" at a flea market.
Q: What would be your advice for incoming contestants on "Project Runway"?
A: Make sure that you're young and strong and you can live without sleep. That's what it's all about. The show is about design, but honestly if you can't sew and pattern quickly, you will lose. It's a sewing race, but with entertainment value.
Q: What was your favorite challenge on a different season that you wish you could have done?
A: That's easy: the Bob Mackie challenge. He's one of my idols.
Q: What can we expect from you at Glamorama?
A: They asked me to come up with a costume segment for the opening number, so there's a couple of very wild pieces. There's a lot of dancers, there's video, there's disco balls, there's all sorts of things. It's a very beautiful, great way to open the show.
- Jahna Peloquin