Christian Siriano has always understood glamor. After more than a decade in fashion, it Project runway mentor and host, who launched its named women’s clothing brand in 2008, has redefined the red carpet rulebook.
And like his iconic tulle dresses, Siriano has many layers. At a young age, the American designer who studied under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen in London, was captivated by the beauty of ballet, which led to a love affair with silhouette, structure and imaginative garments.
“Me and my sister were ballet dancers. It will always be something I personally love. It reminds me of when I was a little boy who saw my sister dancing or was behind the scenes and saw all the sugar flower fairies in The nutcracker. I still love it. I think a lot of people do that too. I think that’s the fantasy I still enjoy, ”says Siriano.
The romantic imagination is found not only in the designer’s bold and colorful New York studio, but on both the red carpet and the runway.
“I always knew I wanted to be a show designer. That’s the part I love. I do not always love the end of the business, ”he laughs,“ but I love celebrating beauty on the runway. ”
In 2008, Siriano and his vision took hold Project runway, where he became the youngest designer to win the fashion competition series. But since then, Siriano has become so much more than one Project runway winner. The famous CFDA designer who has dressed stars like Michelle Obama, Oprah, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, and Billy Porter has stepped out of the shadow of reality TV by creating looks that highlight body diversity.
“It has always been my goal to have all these different types of people and cultures and shapes and sizes,” the 35-year-old says, pointing out that his inclusive approach to fashion is part of his ethos. “I did it from day one. People just did not understand it later. They’re like, ‘Wow, you have so many black models on the runway.’ I’m like, ‘No, I always have. This is nothing new. ‘”
While the challenge of the status quo of the fashion industry (and still working to gain admiration and respect) was an obstacle in itself, Siriano and his fashion house were faced with a new set of challenges in the midst of Covid-19.
As global death rates rose, lock-ups and unemployment rose, fashion was largely ignored.
“Fashion took a big hit and still takes a hit, we are in a really, really wild, strange, crucial changing moment. People do not act in the same way and they do not use what they used to spend, “he says, adding:” I think people will get excited about things again, but I do not think people will spend the money the same way. I think they’ll get a hold of it if something happens again. ”
And although Siriano is a world-renowned designer, he knows full well that his 13-year-old fashion house faces challenges other than a 100-year-old European house fashion like Chanel or Dior.
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