Sad news, y’all. Chris March, a popular avant-garde costume designer — whom you may remember from the fourth season of Project Runway — has died.
He was 56 years old.
According to sources close to Chris’ family, the fashion designer died Thursday afternoon at his home from an apparent heart attack. March had been in and out of the hospital a bit over the last year, but even with that, the heart attack was completely unexpected by doctors and loved ones.
About two years ago, March suffered a nasty fall at his apartment, and was eventually placed in a medically-induced coma by doctors. Related to the fall, he had been battling medical issues for quite some time more recently. Up until the very end of his life though, according to TMZ, March was still designing dresses and had work projects lined up, so it’s clear nobody expected his health to take a turn like this.
His career spanned quite a few different fashion-related television ventures, and he dressed an impressive list of A-list stars for his fashion roster, including Beyoncé, Madonna, Lady GaGa, and Meryl Streep. It became a bit of an iconic thing to see Meryl in March — not once, but twice — over the years.
Plus, he had considerable television experience, as well. Not only was the designer a finalist on Project Runway during the show’s fourth season, he also appeared on Project Runway All Stars, and at one point had his own show on Bravo called Mad Fashion.
Real Housewives of New York City fans ought to remember him, too, for the work he did on the show helping to find elaborate costumes for Sonja Morgan. And as you might recall from having watched the fourth season of Project Runway, March was unique for his memorable laugh, which came out pretty much all the time on the show. As he was portrayed during the season, he was amiable, funny, and always having a good time (below):
What a fun and funny memory… not to mention such a talented designer!
He made it to the final round of that show, and he was working successfully far beyond it right up until his death. Truly, an impressive career.
Our most sincere condolences go to March’s family, friends, and loved ones during this trying time. We can’t begin to imagine what they’re going through after his death.
Rest in Peace, Chris.
We leave you with one last laugh from Chris, courtesy of Andy Cohen…
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This is how I’m going to remember Chris March, dressed as Lisa Vanderpump as I wear a Giggy costume he made for one of our first Halloween specials. Chris was a finalist on Season 4 of Project Runway. He designed for everyone from Beyoncé, Gaga, Madonna, Meryl, Prince and many legendary downtown drag queens (And Sonja Morgan!). He had a big booming laugh; he was a joy and delight. #RIP
[Image via WENN]