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Christian Siriano

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Christian Siriano born November 18, 1985 is an American fashion designer and member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America CFDA Siriano first gained attention after winning the fourth season of American design competition show Project Runway, becoming the series' youngest winner1 He launched his namesake "Christian Siriano" collection in 2008, which brought in revenue of over $12 million by 2010 and was estimated to have reached $5 million by 201223


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Project Runway
    • 22 Christian Siriano label
    • 23 Celebrity clients
    • 24 CFDA
    • 25 Mass market collections and collaborations
    • 26 Films
  • 3 In the media
    • 31 Pop culture
    • 32 Criticism
    • 33 DMA lawsuit
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early lifeedit

Siriano was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland where he spent a year at Broadneck Senior High School before transferring to Baltimore School for the Arts4 The school allowed Siriano to choose fashion design as his course of study567 He has one older sister,8 and is of Italian and German descent9

Siriano has said that his parents supported the arts and encouraged him and his sister to pursue creative fields89 As a child, Siriano studied ballet,89 and on a March 2008 Ellen appearance, he described himself as a "musical theater kid who loved costumes"10 Siriano's interest in costume design inspired him to pursue a career in fashion58 He began designing clothes at age thirteen, while working as a hair washer and styling assistant at Bubbles Salon in Annapolis, and eventually began sewing clothes for the salon's annual hair shows4

After being rejected by the Fashion Institute of Technology,11 Siriano chose to study abroad at American InterContinental University in London, England4 Following the recommendation of a teacher during his senior year, he began interning at Vivienne Westwood, and later, at Alexander McQueen,4 who Siriano has stated is his favorite designer12 Siriano moved to New York City after graduating from college5


Project Runwayedit

Before auditioning for Project Runway, Siriano worked as a freelance make-up artist and made wedding gowns for private clients8 while also holding a brief intern position at Marc Jacobs5 Siriano decided to audition for the show after the suggestion of a friend's mother8 During his time on Project Runway, Siriano won three challenges, the most of any contestant that season13 Siriano advanced to the show's finals, and won a spot to show a twelve-piece final collection at New York Fashion Week His collection was made up of Musketeer-inspired couture, featuring ruffles, feathers and headwear14 During the finale, which aired on March 5, 2008, celebrity guest judge Victoria Beckham praised Siriano's collection as being a "breath of fresh air" and stated that she would be "honored to wear" any piece of his clothing1415 Siriano was announced the winner of the show's fourth season, winning a fashion spread in Elle magazine, a 2008 Saturn Astra, and $100,000 US to start his own label16

Christian Siriano labeledit

Siriano's eponymous fashion line, Christian Siriano, debuted at New York Fashion Week on September 13, 200817 His collection is retailed at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus218 In 2010, Siriano was named one of Crain's Top 40 Entrepreneurs Under 40, which reported that his line had brought in over $12 million in revenue as of 20102 In 2012 the New York Times reported that revenue was estimated around $5 million3 In September 2012, the first Christian Siriano flagship store was opened on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood19 The store launch included celebrity guests like Heidi Klum, Allison Williams from HBO series Girls, stylist Brad Goreski, and DJs The Misshapes20 Siriano launched his first fragrance in early 201421

Celebrity clientsedit

Christian Siriano is a red carpet favorite for celebrities22 Some of his most famous clients include Victoria Beckham,23 Emily Blunt,24 Lady Gaga,25 Maggie Grace,26 Christina Hendricks,27 Nicki Minaj,28 Sarah Jessica Parker,29 Rihanna,30 Christina Ricci,31 Taylor Swift who chose a Siriano gown to wear in her Wonderstruck fragrance campaign print ads and commercials,32 Solange Knowles,33 and Shailene Woodley26

In July 2016, after comedian Leslie Jones commented that several designers had refused to dress her for the premiere of Ghostbusters, Siriano offered to design a gown for her34 Michelle Obama wore a royal blue dress designed by Siriano for the speech she made at the Democratic National Convention on July 25, 201635

In January 2017, Siriano styled several celebrities for the 74th Golden Globe Awards These included Rachel Bloom and Issa Rae, both nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy, and Angela Bassett36


Siriano was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America CFDA in June 2013,37 after having previously been rejected in 201138 Acceptance into the CFDA is considered prestigious and validating for fashion designers, and it is not uncommon for designers to be rejected in their first or second application, according to chief executive Steven Kolb

Mass market collections and collaborationsedit

In 2008, shortly before debuting his fashion line, Siriano began collaborating on several mass market retail collections In April 2008, Siriano designed a fifteen piece collection for Puma39 On December 4, 2008, it was announced that Siriano had signed a deal to design a line of low-cost shoes and handbags for Payless ShoeSource with products to be available for retail in Payless stores in Fall 200940 Siriano's line at Payless expanded in 2011, when he signed on to release four collections for the chain annually, including a higher priced "Gold Collection"41 In February 2009, Siriano teamed up with LG to create a fashion-themed phone, the LG Lotus LX60042 In April 2009, Women's Wear Daily announced that Siriano had partnered with Victoria's Secret to retail his own makeup line, Christian Siriano for VS Makeup43 In November 2009, Siriano collaborated with Starbucks to create a limited edition Siriano brand gift card44 Siriano created a series of fashion-themed sponges for cleaning item brand O-Cel-O in the summer of 201045 In February 2011, Siriano launched a limited collection for catalog retailer Spiegel, named "Christian Siriano for Spiegel" Siriano was the first designer chosen for the catalog's designer collaborations line, "Signature Styles"46 In 2013 Siriano launched a more affordable limited collection of dresses, separates, and accessories for HSN, called "Striking by Christian Siriano"47


In January 2014, it was announced by Disney that Siriano would be in charge of creating the ensemble costumes for the fairies, specifically Zarina, in the upcoming animated film The Pirate Fairy Siriano stated that "I loved the challenge of this project I haven't designed for an animated character before, and I'm excited to take my skills into Zarina's world She's a unique and new character and I wanted to help make her memorable and iconic Disney characters are everlasting and I'm so happy as a young designer to help create a bit of Disney history"48

In the mediaedit

Siriano with Anna Schilling at the My Habit Launch in May 2011

Pop cultureedit

Siriano began to receive pop culture attention during his time on Project Runway, primarily for his asymmetrical upswept hair-do and his flamboyant attitude1 Several of Siriano's catchphrases were parodied in the media by multiple blogs and television shows like Saturday Night Live, on which Amy Poehler portrayed Siriano949 On May 1, 2008, Siriano appeared as himself on season 2 episode 15 of Ugly Betty, and designed some of the cast's costumes such as Amanda Tanen 's blouse, which was sold in an auction on the internet50 In June 2008, Siriano appeared in the music video for R&B artist Estelle's single "No Substitute Love"

In October 2009, Siriano released a book titled Fierce Style: How To Be Your Most Fabulous Self The book was co-written by Rennie Dyball and featured a foreword by Siriano's former Runway mentor Tim Gunn51

On April 5, 2010, Bravo aired a one-hour special entitled Christian Siriano: Having a Moment which followed Siriano as he prepared to debut his Spring 2010 collection at Fashion Week52

In August 2010, Siriano's name was used in a Craigslist scam The scam involved a search for women interested in modeling for Siriano's line Upon hearing the news, Siriano posted this on Twitter: "fyi girls i have never and do not ever look for models on craigslist or online these photo shoots i'm hearing about are scams! be careful!" 53

In September 2011, Siriano's boyfriend Brad Walsh said that he hadn't heard Siriano use his Project Runway catchphrase "fierce" since 2008, and that fashion media were stubbornly refusing to take Siriano seriously because of the way he found fame54


In March 2008, Margaret Price, a columnist for Bitch magazine, wrote an editorial entitled, "Is Christian Siriano Making A Hot Mess of the Term 'Tranny'", in which she stated that Siriano's use of the terms "tranny" and "hot tranny mess" were offensive to the transsexual community and that by using the terms he was popularizing an "as-yet unclaimed slur"55 In a May 2008 interview with Time Out New York, Siriano responded to a question about the lasting power of drag culture by stating, "If you think of heterosexuals, they have white-trash women and trailer parks, and we have drag queens and trannies I don’t know if I’m the one who can explain it It's, like, drag queens are just there"56 The remark garnered criticism for its derogatory slang and its comparison of transsexuality and drag queen culture to "white-trash" and trailer parks5758 Siriano released an apology to GLAAD in which he stated, "I mean no disrespect to the transgender community and I never will"58 Of his comments in the article, Siriano said, "I wish that my words were not taken in that way When I was speaking, some comments that I made were not used in the article"58 He further commented that he is "actively working to remove" the term "tranny" from his vocabulary58

DMA lawsuitedit

In November 2011, Siriano's talent agency, DMA, filed a lawsuit against Siriano, claiming he violated an oral contract and neglected to pay over $53,000 in commission and fees owed to them from his partnership with Payless ShoeSource59 Siriano's attorneys released a statement shortly after stating, "It is unfortunate that Designer's Management Agency "DMA" has commenced a legal proceeding Christian does not work with DMA and has no obligation to them DMA concedes that it does not have a written contract However, based upon an alleged oral contract, it incredibly seeks to obtain commissions in perpetuity This legal action it has taken against the companies of Christian Siriano is without merit"60

Personal lifeedit

Siriano is openly gay and lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan with his husband, singer-songwriter Brad Walsh576162 Siriano and Walsh became engaged on July 28, 2013 They exchanged engagement bracelets rather than rings63 They were married on July 9, 2016 at their summer home in Danbury64

Siriano has tattoos of a squid and an octopus on his right arm that he has said are "a tribute to Maryland and the sea life"5 However, Siriano later contradicted this statement by saying that his tattoos "mean nothing Totally random"11

See alsoedit

  • LGBT culture in New York City


  1. ^ a b Buckman, Adam March 5, 2008 "Christian Siriano Wins 'Project Runway'" The New York Post 
  2. ^ a b c Pasquarelli, Adrianne "40 Entrepreneurs Under 40: Christian Siriano" Crain's New York 
  3. ^ a b The New York Times  Missing or empty |title= help
  4. ^ a b c d Tucker, Abigail May 3, 2008 "Christian Siriano Shows Why He's A Fierce Competitor" The Baltimore Sun Retrieved July 11, 2016 
  5. ^ a b c d e White, Tanika 6 July 2007 "Sheer Talent" The Baltimore Sun 
  6. ^ Sterwald, Drew July 14, 2008 "Fort Myers Father Proud of 'Fierce' Son's Accolades" Fort Myers Free-Press 
  7. ^ http://whatsupmagcom/life-style/talk-back/0708-quick-six-christian-sirianoaspx
  8. ^ a b c d e f Moreno, Andrew November 2007 "Denovo Interview with Christian Siriano" Denovo Magazine 
  9. ^ a b c d "Transcript: 'Project Runway' Winner Christian Siriano" The Washington Post March 10, 2008 
  10. ^ "11 March 2008" The Ellen DeGeneres Show Season 5 2008-03-11 
  11. ^ a b "Interview with Christian Siriano" gURLcom 
  12. ^ Dyball, Remmie "Fierce Factor" People magazine, March 26, 2008, 80
  13. ^ Wenzel, Ryan March 11, 2008 "Rubbing Elbows, Making Art" The Advocate Retrieved July 11, 2016 
  14. ^ a b Cavna, Michael March 6, 2008 "Christian Siriano Wins On 'Project Runway'" The Washington Post 
  15. ^ "Christian Siriano Wins 'Project Runway'" Us Weekly March 6, 2008 
  16. ^ Barker, Olivia May 3, 2008 "'Project Runway' Winner is Fierceness Personified" USA Today Retrieved July 11, 2016 
  17. ^ "Christian Siriano Review – New York Fashion Week Spring 2010" Meniscus Magazine 
  18. ^ "Born-Again Christian" Women's Wear Daily 
  19. ^ "Christian Siriano Opens on Elizabeth Street" http://wwwnbcnewyorkcom/blogs/threadny/Store-Opening-Christian-Siriano-Opens-on-Elizabeth-Street-164441916html
  20. ^ "Christian Siriano Elizabeth Street Store Launch Party" https://wwwyoutubecom/watchv=gngnudt32w0
  21. ^ "Christian Siriano" http://teenvoguefashionuniversitycom/christian-siriano-2013php
  22. ^ "Celebrities Wearing Christian Siriano" http://wwwmylifetimecom/shows/project-runway/season-11/photos/celebrities-wearing-christian-siriano-pictures#id=1
  23. ^ "An Exclusive Tour Of Christian Siriano's Stunning Chelsea Apartment!" http://wwwrefinery29com/christian-siriano-chelsea-apartment
  24. ^ "Emily Blunt Covers Men’s Health in Christian Siriano" http://wwwtomandlorenzocom/2011/02/emily-blunt-covers-mens-health-in-christian-siriano-2html
  25. ^ "Christian Siriano Remembers Lady Gaga Before She Was Famous" http://wwwmtvcom/news/articles/1626146/christian-siriano-remembers-lady-gaga-before-was-famousjhtml
  26. ^ a b Taylor Stefan July 28, 2016 "From Amy Schumer to Michelle Obama: Christian Siriano's Style Squad Has Serious Range" E! News 
  27. ^ "Emmys 2012: Christina Hendricks Flaunts her Figure in Christian Siriano Dress" http://wwwcelebuzzcom/2012-09-23/emmys-2012-christina-hendricks-flaunts-her-figure-in-christian-siriano-dress-photos/
  28. ^ "Nicki Minaj performs on SNL in Christian Siriano" http://wwwtomandlorenzocom/2011/01/nicki-minaj-performs-on-snl-in-christian-siriano-2html
  29. ^ "Sneak Peek: Sarah Jessica Parker's on Our Cover!" http://wwwmarieclairecom/blog/sarah-jessica-parker-cover-peek
  30. ^ "Rihanna in Christian Siriano" http://wwwtomandlorenzocom/2010/02/rihanna-in-christian-sirianohtml
  31. ^ "Got the Time Check Out Christina Ricci’s MTV Movie Awards Dress" http://stylenewspeoplestylewatchcom/2012/06/03/christina-ricci-mtv-movie-awards-christian-siriano/
  32. ^ "Taylor Swift Sparks a Craze Over a Christian Siriano Gown" http://wwwbillboardcom/articles/columns/the-hook/466772/taylor-swift-sparks-a-craze-over-a-christian-siriano-gown
  33. ^ Watkins, Rachel "Solange Knowles In Christian Siriano - 2015 Oscars" Red Carpet Fashion Awards Retrieved 2016-03-08 
  34. ^ "Leslie Jones And Christian Siriano Show That Women Of All Sizes Deserve To Look Glam" Bust July 11, 2016 Retrieved July 11, 2016 
  35. ^ http://wwwusatodaycom/story/life/entertainthis/2016/07/26/michelle-obama-christian-siriano-democratic-national-convention/87561438/
  36. ^ "20 Best and Worst Dressed at the 2017 Golden Globes" Cosmopolitan 2017-01-09 Retrieved 2017-01-10 
  37. ^ "Introducing the CFDA's New Members" http://cfdacom/the-latest/introducing-the-cfdas-new-members
  38. ^ Wilson, Eric 2012-02-08 "Christian Siriano Seeks Fashion Industry’s Approval" The New York Times ISSN 0362-4331 Retrieved 2017-01-10 
  39. ^ "Christian Siriano Designs For Puma!" People magazine April 30, 2008 
  40. ^ "Christian Siriano To Make Payless Fierce With His Shows" People magazine December 4, 2008 
  41. ^ "Christian Siriano's Payless Collection is Getting Bigger!" InStyle August 31, 2011 
  42. ^ Video: Designer Christian Siriano and LG Mobile Phones Combine Talents to Create
  43. ^ "Victoria's Secret Beauty Takes Cue From 'Project Runway'" Women's Wear Daily 
  44. ^ "Remember that Secret Starbucks Collaboration Christian Siriano is Doing" New York magazine October 30, 2009 
  45. ^ "Christian Siriano is Redesigning a Cleaning Sponge" New York magazine June 22, 2010 
  46. ^ "Christian Siriano for Spiegel: A Match Made in Catalog Heaven" Racked NY February 15, 2011 
  47. ^ "Christian Siriano to Launch HSN Collection" http://newsinstylecom/2013/01/28/christian-siriano-hsn-collection/
  48. ^ Warner, Kara "'Project Runway' Meets 'Pirate Fairy': Christian Siriano Designs New Tinker Bell Movie Costume" Yahoo! Retrieved 8 January 2014 
  49. ^ "'Runway' Winner Reacts With 'F' Word To SNL Skit" People magazine 10 March 2008 
  50. ^ "Project Runway's Christian Siriano to Appear on Ugly Betty" Us Weekly March 27, 2008 
  51. ^ "Fierce Style: How To Be Your Most Fabulous Self" Amazon 
  52. ^ Nashawaty, Chris "Did You Watch Christian Siriano's 'Moment'" Entertainment Weekly 
  53. ^ https://wwwtwittercom/csiriano
  54. ^ "Christian Siriano No Reality Diva, Says Boyfriend Brad Walsh" http://wwwhuffingtonpostcom/2011/09/16/christian-siriano-brad-walsh_n_966683html
  55. ^ Price, Margaret 14 March 2008 "Is Christian Siriano Making A Hot Mess of the Term 'Tranny'" Bitch magazine 
  56. ^ "Let the Gays Begin" Time Out New York May 29, 2008 
  57. ^ a b Caplan, David May 30, 2008 "Christian Siriano: I Didn't Mean To Offend Transsexuals" People magazine 
  58. ^ a b c d Romine, Damon "EXCLUSIVE: Siriano Clears The Air on Trans Trip" GLAAD 
  59. ^ "Christian Siriano Sued By Talent Agency" New York magazine 
  60. ^ "Christian Siriano Responds To Talent Agency Lawsuit" New York magazine 
  61. ^ Pompeo, Joe 7 March 2008 "'Project Runway' Winner's BF Unveils Nightlife Photos -- In Park Slope!" The New York Observer 
  62. ^ Cohen Blatter, Lucy June 5, 2008 "Hot Fashion Designer Claims 'Fierce' Williamsburg Loft" The New York Sun 
  63. ^ "Project Runway Winner Christian Siriano Engaged to Musician Brad Walsh" E! Online Retrieved July 11, 2016 
  64. ^ Chan, Stephanie July 11, 2016 "Christian Siriano marries Brad Walsh" The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved July 11, 2016 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Christian Siriano on Twitter

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