Mad Fashion

TV review by
Elka Karl, Common Sense Media
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Wild, weird design show with some innuendo, risque clothes.

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Positive Messages

If you can dream it, you can make it; and it's OK to be weird and wild.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chris March and his design team are creative, individual thinkers who are proudly themselves.

Violence
Sex

There is some discussion of highlighting body parts for sexual appeal as it relates to the construction of clothing, as well as sexual innuendo (referring to a clothing prop as a French tickler or referring to a "shoegasm").

Language

Infrequent language, such as "oh my God," "holy crap," and "bad ass" as well as fully bleeped "f--k" and "s--t." Some quips about being gay.

Consumerism

Discussion of brands and designers. Chris March is a former Project Runway contestant and characters from other Bravo offerings appear on the show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fashion reality series features some bizarre fashions that sometimes run towards the slightly risque (exaggerated busts and hips, etc.). Besides this, the only other iffy content is some mild language and fully bleeped stronger words ("f--k," "s--t"). Overall, creative teens who know their way around a sewing machine or glue gun will probably appreciate the truly mad fashion featured on the series.

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What's the story?

Former Project Runway contestant Chris March peddles his wild, over-the-top designs to a number of upper crust clients. He and his team work together to assemble complete head-to-toe outfits that are both bizarre and artistic. Along the way, they try to stay true to their vision while pleasing the client and cooperating as a cohesive work group.

Is it any good?

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fashion. Why do people care about it? Do you think it can be seen as art or is it purely commerce? Do you like the type of fashion that Chris March creates?

  • What type of clients approach Chris for custom designs? Do you think they have money to spare? Why would they spend their money on something so extravagant?

  • Why do you think Chris March got his own show? What about his personality is appealing?

TV details

For kids who love reality

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