Here today, hair tomorrow?

'I think I'm still on the same path,' says Chris March of his post-'Project Runway' career. But now, he says, he has all sorts of opportunities that he never would have had without it. "I think I'm still on the same path," says Chris March of his post-"Project Runway" career. But now, he says, he has all sorts of opportunities that he never would have had without it. (David M. Russell/Lifetime)
By Christopher Muther
Globe Staff / August 20, 2009

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With tonight’s long-anticipated return of “Project Runway’’ comes a spin-off (“Models of the Runway’’) and a special (“All-Star Challenge’’). “All-Star Challenge’’ brings back past favorites such as Daniel Vosovic, Michael Knight, Sweet P, and not-so-favorites Santino Rice and Jeffrey Sebelia, to compete for $100,000. Last week, we caught up with season four contestant Chris March, best known for his dresses made of human hair and his hearty laugh, to talk about competing on “All-Star Challenge.’’

Q. Please tell me that you’re wearing an outfit made entirely out of human hair today.

A. No, not today. It must be an off day, sorry.

Q. Do people still bring up your couture experimentations with human hair?

A. Do they ever bring it up? That’s practically all they bring up. People come up to me all the time. They don’t even say hello, they say, “Love the human hair.’’

Q. Do you ever have random people coming up to you and just hugging you?

A. All the time. People come up to me all the time and hug me and want to take my picture, or they’ll want an autograph or just tell me that they wish I had won.

Q. Did you hesitate at all when you were offered the opportunity to do “All-Star Challenge’’? Were you afraid that you’d start suffering from post-traumatic fashion stress syndrome?

A. Maybe a little bit at first, but then I thought about it, and I thought it would be fun. We didn’t have to be there for nearly as long as the regular show. So it wasn’t the huge commitment the way that the regular season is. It was also interesting to compete with people who you’ve watched.

Q. Was there anyone who you were particularly excited about meeting, or afraid to meet?

A. I had heard a lot about Santino, and had seen him on television. He definitely lives up to his reputation.

Q. Looking back now, did “Project Runway’’ change your career trajectory at all?

A. It accelerated it quite a bit. I think I’m still on the same path, but it shot me pretty far along. Now I have interest from all sorts of different places, and I’m shooting TV shows, all sorts of different things that I never would have gotten the opportunity to do without it.

“Project Runway’’ is back with a new season. Page 10

Q. Did it open a new client base for you? Did you start hearing from celebrities?

A. Totally. I designed something for Prince, and also I just finished doing costumes for Beyoncé’s tour. I filmed a pilot as the host of a fashion makeover show. I get all sorts of interesting calls, and nobody was calling me like that before.

Q. So it sounds worth the trouble of having an occasional crazy person coming up to you in the street and giving you a hug.

A. Definitely.

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