Christian Siriano debuted his Spring 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week and featured 5 plus-sized models.
The winner of Project Runway season 4 not only featured women of all sizes but very clearly illustrated his understanding of women’s clothing needs with his diverse line of clothing. The outfits were 1970s inspired with flattering dresses and wide-leg pants.
It may be the first time he’s featured plus-size models on the runway, but it’s not the first time he dresses women of all shapes. Siriano has a plus-size line at Lane Bryant as well as an extensive resume of clients he’s dressed for red carpet events.
Those clients include Ashley Graham, Christina Hendricks, Danielle Brooks, Leslie Jones!
Check out this quote from an interview with Glamour Magazine:
“Glamour: Wow! Did you foresee becoming this crusader for inclusivity and size diversity?
CS: No, it was never an intentional thing. It was one of those things that just kind of happened as the days went on. I think it’s great that we’re just doing what we do—and then it turned into a thing. I think it’s worked because I’m just into women—and for my design, it’s all about the body. I also grew up with a mom who was a size 16, 18, so it wasn’t new to me to have a voluptuous woman in my life. And my sister’s a size 00. I had the two total extremes, and now I see that everywhere. Even in my office not every girl is a size 0. What do you do if you’re a designer, and your own team can’t wear your clothes?“
It’s refreshing to see someone like Christian Siriano representing women of all sizes and showing so much attention and care to women’s needs. Not every woman is a sample size and not every woman is a 16, so it’s awesome to make something for both ends.
Check out the rest of his Glamour interview [here] he talks about the financial risk tied to producing all sizes in one season. “We are taking a risk: This season is when we make production, we will make a full-size run of stock. We will have every size available. That’s the goal—so we might go out of business next year. Ha!”