Alyssa is once again joined by the Hanging Television of PreTaped Appearance. But this time it turns out the appearance had to be pretaped, as our guest star and client is none other than Marjorie “Marge” Simpson (née Bouvier.) Alyssa is really excited to introduce her–the matriarch of America’s most popular TV family for 25 years. (Holy shit, The Simpsons have been on for 25 years? I am so old.) Marge is here to request a dress for a dinner date with Homer. (He apparently said there might be waiter service, or at least not a cafeteria tray to be seen.) The main guidelines are Marge’s request of “no green” and Homer’s request of “easy enough to remove after having several glasses of wine and a secret six pack of beer.” She would also like some accessories from the “WhoeverIsSponsoringTheWallNow Wall.” Alyssa announces that the winning dress will be animated in an upcoming episode of The Simpsons.
Back to the workroom to sketch. I love the different takes on Marge that designers create as they sketch. I am also highly amused to see Jeffrey is waxing poetic about Marge’s figure. At Mood, the budget is $200–of course this is a one day challenge. Oh and “Marge” sent the designers all presents–Simpsons Chuck Taylors.
This challenge is a little on the WTF level for several designers, despite several Marge animation guides, Patone coloring swatches and general cardboard Simpsons cutouts. Christopher, for one, is overthinking, and wandering around the workroom looking at everyone else’s ideas. Seth Aaron has too many ideas in one dress, and redesigns what he’s doing three hours in. Viktor tries to do a Marge Simpson voice, but truth be told he sounds more like Grover The Muppet. I’m still waiting for someone to break into The Monorail Song.
Let’s see if Zanna can play along with this challenge the same way Johanna deadpanned her way through Miss Piggy last season.
- Jeffrey: His design has morphed into something a little “futuristic.” ZRR reminds him this is just “date night.” Yes, counters Jeffrey, but it’s 25th Anniversary date night.
- Elena: She’s gone with a draping look, which ZRR points out is very unusual for her. ZRR is also against all the colors Elena has, since Marge herself is blue and yellow.
- Korto: As “a housewife herself” Korto is going for “comfortable but sexy.” ZRR approves.
- Viktor: He says he’s focusing on “workmanship and taste” but I think his is going in the right direction because the neckline looks like it would be fun to animate. ZRR makes positive noises.
- Christopher: The man has two dresses (one pink, one floral) on two dummies with no clue which one to go with. ZRR declares she’s seen the pink one “one thousand zillion trillion times.”
- Irina: Her base dress is the same tube thing Marge always wears, with lots of chiffon and applique additions. ZRR reminds Irina she hasn’t won yet.
- SethAaron: SA’s new dress is very “red carpet” according to ZRR. He agrees. “But she’s not going to the red carpet. She going out to dinner with her husband.” ZRR says stop thinking of Marge as a cartoon and think of her as a 40 year old woman with three kids. SA realises he has to start over a third time.
Thankfully ZRR doesn’t have any twists to leave them with. She just leaves. Christopher and Viktor have drama that has nothing to do with the challenge at hand. The models come…and learn they’re going to be Marge. SA has nothing to put on his model. Jeffrey finally has a good fitting. Christopher is still self doubt central, even though he seems to be going with the floral dress. The models go. SA’s
third fifth(!) dress still looks cartoony, but at least it would be fun to animate. The others ask if he planned to do a whole collection for her like this.
Day of Runway and SA pulled the fifth dress apart and is now on dress number six. The others all throw their hands in the air. At the Product Displaying Make Up Salon, no one is painted yellow, and at the Name Dropping Hair Salon, no one gets a blue wig. I am highly disappointed.
Let’s go to the runway.