Meryl Streep's Surprising Dress Designer: 'Project Runway' Alum Chris March!

01/19/2010 at 10:00 AM ET

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Dressing a Golden Globes winner is nothing short of a dream come true for any budding designer. And, Sunday night, that dream became a reality for Project Runway‘s season four alum and fan favorite Chris March as Meryl Streep took the stage in his design! The designer, who met the actress through her hair and makeup team, was called about a month ago to work on a design for Meryl’s double-nomination at the Globes. “I wanted to faint!” Chris tells PEOPLE about receiving the call. “I have always wanted to design something for someone like that, and it was a great and amazing opportunity.” Soon thereafter, Chris met with Meryl to discuss his vision. “I liked the idea of putting a belt on an evening gown–I think it gives [a gown] a modern twist. I sketched it out quickly and she really liked it,” Chris says. And while Meryl might be one of the biggest stars in Tinseltown, Chris says meeting her was anything but intimidating. “She is the sweetest person you can imagine. She’s very friendly and welcoming and I wasn’t nervous at all.” After turning out Meryl’s dress in under a month, all the hard work paid off when Chris watched the Julie & Julia star take the stage to receive her Golden Globe for best leading actress. “I almost had a heart attack when Colin Farrell read her name. It was very exciting to see her come up on stage wearing a dress that I made with my own two hands,” says Chris. “I thought it made her look tall and thin and comfortable and confident. It looked great!” Chris’s other favorites of the night included Marion Cotillard in her emerald Dior and Drew Barrymore in a delicate Atelier Versace. But no one stunned him like Cher. “She looked like she was about 20 years-old! She looked amazing! And, she wore something a little wow and interesting,” says Chris. Though the designer remains tight-lipped on whether Meryl will continue to wear his designs during awards season, he says he wouldn’t mind dressing Lady Gaga or Christina Aguilera too. Now that’s something we’d love to see! Tell us: What do you think of Meryl Streep’s dress?–Andrea DeSimone

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Jennifer Gatz on

Kudos to Chris March! I loved his creative and truly original designs on Project Runway. I had no idea he designed Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes dress! I was commenting on her dress when she gave her acceptance speech. I kept telling my friend, “I really love her dress.” It’s form-fitting and yet easy. And I thought the belt made it chic!

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Diane on

It’s a beautiful and hip gown. Congratulations to a wonderful guy with a great talent. Chris, you’ve arrived!

ajah on

i loved the last episode of project runway and i agree that christinas dress was not alll that it should have been she could of done better in the flow of the dress

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Fleurdamour on

It’s an absolutely gorgeous dress.

jess on

wow i seriously had no idea Chris March made that dress!! I don’t usually pay attention to what Meryl wears (although I totally adore her) but just the fact that her people called up Chris and asked him to design for something so big must have been AMAZING!

Kathy M. on

I always love it when I hear that a “regular person” got a big break. I am so excited for Chris! He sure rose to the occasion, because his gown is absolutely stunning, and is the perfect complement to Meryl Streep’s sculptured form and classic beauty!

Michael Cole on

The dress is lovely and tasteful, but the designer needs to remember an important bit of gentlemanly diplomacy:
The dress must not be said to “make” a lady look good (“tall and thin”), but rather that a lady makes the dress look good. This is particularly true when talking about an important client such as Ms. Streep.

may on

I am sorry, i absolutely like Meryl, But that dress on her looked dowdy !!!Too much fabric,Meryl looked so much better at the critics award the previous Friday. I am glad she gave Chris a chance, but he blew it…… TOTALLY.It was just cheap looking and did nothing for Meryl. As for her looking tall she is tall for her generation 5’6 or 5’7.He could have done so much better.

floria on

she is very beautiful.the dress is very well,she is a good designer,
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Betty Sokol on

The dress was great, the belt was blah.

margret hansen on

What a BORE…..anyone notice, it’s always that same crowd of white folks winnning all the prizes? we have no diversity showing in these events. SHAME on HOLLYWOOD!!!!!

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Kathryn Carson on

Don’t share everyone’s enthusiasm for this dress. I’ve seen her on the red carpet in various other designs that I like a LOT better. I think it made her look old and dowdy. Young blondes can wear black, mature blondes do better with a flattering color. Other than the cowl neckline that I know she wears well, the dress did nothing for her at all. Belt could have been an asset, but not on this dress.

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A close friend of mine died of a Heart Attack, his heart condition is caused by him being so obese.:*;

Aaron Bennett on

Heart attack could be prevented with exercise, diet and some food supplements like CoQ10.”-.

Hannah Garcia on

i love Fashion and i love Project Runway.-`,

Olivia Smith on

Project Runway is great and we always watch it at home, hope they employ more interesting and talented contestants.~~”

Maya Brooks on

the models in project runway are very beautiful and skinny “.:

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heart attack is the number 1 killer of middle-aged and old-aged people these days””`

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the host of Project Runway is also very good in presenting this show, the contestants have lots of potential too and are pretty.;-

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heart attack is very common these days, it is because of a high fat diet and lack of exercise “‘-

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