Getting his first break as Project Runway’s season 4 winner, fashion designer Christian Siriano has now gone onto create his own namesake collection shown at New York Fashion week, to dressing some of the biggest biggest names in hollywood. All eyes were on Siriano recently when he offered to dress plus size actress Leslie Jones for her premiere of Ghostbuster’s 2. When the actress was having trouble finding a dress for the big day she tweeted “It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything”. Siriano answered the call and created a gorgeous showstopping floor length red gown for the big premiere.
Siriano is no stranger to dressing plus size women, he is also recently created a very printed and colorful collection for Lane Bryant featuring actress Danielle Books. “Christian Siriano is a real star; from his highly publicized debut on television, his millions of social followers and through the years as he has successfully designed and shown his own beautiful ready-to-wear clothes worn by some of the best known celebrities, he has proved his talent on the world fashion stage,” said Linda Heasley, CEO of Lane Bryant. “It’s a delight to welcome him to Lane Bryant and to be able to offer his exclusive designs for us beginning in the spring of 2016.”
Before becoming a contestant on Project Runway, Siriano was a “musical theater kid” who loved designing costumes from Annapolis, Maryland. He pursued his passion by attending Baltimore Center of the Arts focusing on fashion design in high school continuing on to study at the American InterContinental University in London. In his last year of school he began interning for designer Vivienne Westwood and then Alexander McQueen. Upon completing his schooling he moved back to New York City where he worked as freelance makeup artist and created wedding gowns for private clients before trying out for the show.
After winning the tv competition his first collection debuted at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue in 2008. Soon after his flagship store opened few years later on New York’s up and coming Elizabeth street in Manhattan. Now he is know to dress celebrities including Heidi Klum, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Christina Hendricks, and even the first lady for the Democratic National Convention this last month.
We can’t wait for more up and coming designers to create stylish collaborations with plus size brands and make it so no plus size celebrity has to struggle to find a dress for the red carpet!
IN MY OPINION, FASHION SHOULD NEVER BE DEFINED BY SIZE—FOR THE RED CARPET OR A DAY AT THE OFFICE, EVERY WOMAN SHOULD FEEL AMAZING IN HER CLOTHES. THIS COLLECTION GIVES THE EVERYDAY WOMAN AN OPPORTUNITY TO FEEL AS BEAUTIFUL AND STYLISH AS POSSIBLE.