Parents' Guide to

Mad Fashion

By Elka Karl, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Wild, weird design show with some innuendo, risque clothes.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2011
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Project Runway fans who appreciated former contestant Chris March's over-the-top designs and compelling personality will likely enjoy MAD FASHION. In this series, March creates designs that are definitely more his style -- i.e., dresses you'd likely see on a professional drag performer or Mardi Gras float. The show also provides opportunity for viewers to observe the dynamics between client and designer. The push and pull between the whole team and the clients provides good opportunity for kids to observe the need for compromise, as well as the need for artists and designers to take risks to fulfill their vision.

Besides some annoying Bravo network-style shenanigans (such as cameos by Real Housewives clients), the show is quite enjoyable and fun. There are also some great lines, as when a member of Chris's team describes a client's shoes as "dominatrix clown" shoes, or when Chris chides a member of his team by quipping, "Do you know how many homeless gay people would be happy to cut up glitter canvas?" For fashion obsessed kids and parents, this is a fun addition.

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