Have you spied those fabulous, sparkling, corseted costumes Beyonce
has been wearing on her I AM Tour? They are about to land someone in a whole heap
of financial trouble. Apparently, Chris March
, the costume design king (or queen, based on your point of view) of Project Runway
, never got paid for creating them. In an exclusive interview with The Cut
, he explains how legendary French fashion designer, Thierry Mugler
invited him to help with making the costumes in November of last year, but then stiffed him on the final bill."... Thierry left for Paris without paying anybody," March told the blog. "There's just been a refusal to pay with no reason." The lack of payment is all the more strange since March admits that Mugler had paid him consistently up until the end of the tour.
So how exactly did March help Mugler get Beyonce's costumes in tip-top shape? "I was hired to make sure the costumes were usable for stage purposes," he said. "So many things need to be taken into consideration with her because she dances so... wildly
... She gets onstage and she's like, 'I gotta move and I gotta dance.' And wow
To make it possible for her to dance flawlessly, March went through several fittings with the star - and a body double when Beyonce wasn't available. The process included wrapping her in a warm plastic and aluminum to create molds which the costume makers used as a guide when they created pieces. "It's a messy process."
Looks like getting his money might be equally messy too. While the lawsuit is making its way through the legal system, March has other projects to keep him busy including the upcoming launch of his book and a possible reality TV show. Read more from Zandile at her daily fashion blog, The Blay Report. Zandile is a fashion editor for Paper Magazine in New York City.