Behind the Seams with Christian Siriano



Christian Siriano is having more than a moment…


Since becoming the youngest winner of Project Runway in 2008, this fierce phenomenon has become a non-stop fashion force. If you spend more than a minute with him it’s easy to see why – a true artist, Christian was born to design and he’s definitely got what it takes to make it in the biz. We adore his amazing energy and fabulously bold designs, and can’t wait to see what he’ll do next. Let us know what you’d like to see him take on in the comments – we already know there’s nothing he can’t do! — Derek & Lara


What inspired your Spring 2010 collection?

I was inspired by a few different ways of living for spring. I had this idea that my customer was traveling to the Amalfi coast in Italy and what would she wear or what would she be inspired by on her vacation? I took ideas from the Mediterranean Sea, the beach, sand, stones, water, etc. All of these things inspired the color palate and the graphic prints that were my favorite part of the collection.


The prints were taken from aerial photographs and then altered to create a more dramatic pattern. I also loved allthe blush and pink tones that came into the collection because it brought a balance to the harsh and powerful prints.


Which part of the design process do you like the best?

In the process I love choosing the fabrics and creating the prints. I think seeing the fabric as a flat canvas is the best part. I also love seeing the finished garment right off the machine; it’s always so exciting the first time I see a new style and it helps inspire other patterns and shapes for the collection that I might be missing.


How is the Christian Siriano brand growing in 2010?

It’s been such a wonderful process to see and watch the brand grow. I think this spring collection was very on trend but also very accessible so in that case it was a strong season. I was so lucky to have dressed some wonderful artists in this collection Like Rihanna and Christina Hendricks and that really helps the brand grow, even if it’s just brand exposure.


I also think the Siriano woman is becoming more apparent each season as I grow and my style develops and as a new designer I just love making fabulous clothing that hopefully people will love and want to wear. I think my customer loves fashion and loves getting dressed up.


In the next few months I will continue to create collections and grow the business with my great partner Payless and some other new exciting projects. I will also of course continue to make fun cocktail dresses and evening wear that women love to wear and must have.


If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why?

Hmmm that is hard because I'm such a fan of so many brands. I think I would want to sit and view a Dior couture show, Valentino and Galliano. I think the fantasy of those shows would be stunning.


How do you celebrate finishing a collection?

I'm not sure if we ever celebrate too much It seems like we just have to move on so quickly and rush on to market week and then on the next thing. After a show I always have a party which I think every designer needs after a long day, even if it’s just with family and friends.


If a girl was going to purchase her first Christian Siriano piece, what would you want it to be?

I think the first Christian piece should have power and it should be about presence. I love when a customer is not afraid to take a chance and dress to impress. You can always buy a knit top or a great Siriano jacket but that perfect cocktail dress or dramatic gown is a must.