Earlier this week, OnMilwaukee contributing writer Dave Begel wrote a very favorable review of "My Fair Lady," which is playing at The Skylight Music Theatre through Sunday, Dec. 27.
Chris March, a costume designer from New York, created the exuberant, whimsical costumes for the production. March was a finalist on season four of "Project Runway" and "Project Runway All-Star Challenge."
March also created a one-of-a-kind hat to benefit Skylight Music Theatre that will be raffled off during the run of "My Fair Lady."
Recently, OnMilwaukee caught up with March and asked him six questions.
OnMilwaukee: How old were you when you got into fashion?
Chris March: I was literally 2 or 3 years old. My mother used to make her own formal gowns and took me to her sewing lessons. I always played dress-up for pretend "cocktail" parties before I was in kindergarten. I got involved in costuming at school in first grade when I made my own Peter Cottontail outfit as the lead in the school play. In high school, I spent the whole year planning and making my Halloween costumes.
OnMilwaukee: When and where did you study fashion?
March: I am self taught. Most of my learning and experience comes from trial and error and from observing professionals in sewing shops.
OnMilwaukee: Where do you live now?
March: I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and I've lived in Manhattan for 14 years now.
OnMilwaukee: How was your experience on "Project Runway"? What did you learn from it?
March: It was exhausting and surreal as you might imagine. I learned that fame is great, but it doesn't solve everything.
OnMilwaukee: What was challenging and rewarding about creating the costumes for "My Fair Lady"?
March: Being far away from the Skylight team and the director presented some challenges. The Ascot number was super fun to design and make. I love Eliza's opening outfit. It took a while to get just right.
OnMilwaukee: What's next for you?
March: I’m working on a wild new burlesque show in Atlantic City and some new things for next Halloween.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.