Childhood and Inspiration (03:51)
Siriano is honored at a gala for the National Eating Disorders Association. Carlos Watson tours his studio before the two discuss Siriano’s family and “eccentric” upbringing in Annapolis, Maryland.
Siriano's Education (04:06)
Siriano attended Baltimore School for the Arts where he was encouraged to push his creative boundaries. He was heartbroken when he was not accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology. Instead, he attended college in London where he met and was inspired by renowned designers Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen.
Fierce, Young Designer (03:40)
Siriano moved to New York with a high school friend but had trouble finding a job. A friend from London informed him of “Project Runway” tryouts. Show judge Nina Garcia elaborates on qualities that allowed Siriano to win the competition.
Searching for Recognition (02:04)
Many questioned Siriano’s legitimacy after his “Project Runway” win. He struggles to figure out how to build and market his own brand.
Partnership With Payless (04:19)
The 2008 financial crisis brought tough times for the fashion industry. Siriano struggled to be accepted by the fashion establishment. He persevered by partnering with companies to fund his fashion line.
Dressing the Stars (03:05)
Siriano dresses a-list stars, like pop star Lady Gaga, actress Scarlet Johansson, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey. He stepped in when comedian Leslie Jones could not find anyone to dress her for the “Ghostbusters” movie premiere. His instinct to connect with women of all body types puts him at the forefront of fashion’s body positivity movement.
Dressing the First Lady (02:24)
Siriano designed the blue dress that First Lady Michelle Obama wore to the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Garcia, Aya Kanai and other insiders highlight Siriano’s strong suits.
Credits: Christian Siriano (00:51)
Credits: Christian Siriano
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