Chris March loves Halloween. Last year, he dressed up as the Grim Reaper. "The Grim Reaper can't be sparkly!" he says. "But it was the Grim Reaper with giant, giant skeleton hands." March, now the star of his own reality show on Bravo called Mad Fashion, which is in its debut season, is still unsure of what he will dress up as this year for Halloween. "I might do this German girl with giant pretzels that I have," he says. "I've been collecting all the different pieces that I need to make it. And I do have two giant pretzels that I bought a long time ago. When I find stuff that's interesting, I try to get a hold of it so that when I do need to make something really cool, I have it on hand. Like, I've been collecting this strawberry shortcake costume for many, many years."
If March isn't wearing sequins on Halloween, he just might use them for his niece's costume. "Thankfully this year she wants to be something fairly easy. She wants to be Wonder Woman," March explains. "Last year she wanted to be Kobe Bryant. She's a 9-year-old white girl." How did he manage that? "You don't." Instead, March turned her into a sixties mod girl. Her past costumes have included a mermaid, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Princess Leia. "For a while [she and her brother] got banned from the costume contest at their school because they won too many times in a row. I made them stuff that lit up and moved."
March stopped by our offices recently to demonstrate the transformative power of one piece of sequined fabric, from which he fashioned four looks in under an hour. See the looks in the slideshow and hear what he says about making clothes for Lady Gaga, Real Housewives, Nina Garcia, and more.