Fashion designer Christian Siriano shows his diversity in the SCAD FASH show

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Christian Siriano design worn by Billy Porter to the 2020 “Vanity Fair” Oscar Party. Courtesy of SCAD Atlanta

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Christian Siriano designs worn by Billy Porter until 2020 "Vanity Exhibition" Oscar party.  Courtesy of SCAD Atlanta

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Christian Siriano design worn by Billy Porter to the 2020 “Vanity Fair” Oscar Party. Courtesy of SCAD Atlanta

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Demonstrating a strong work ethic and business acumen, Siriano in his post-“Project Runway” days kept his couture business alive by creating fast fashion lines for Payless, J. Jill, and Lane Bryant. Blending accessible and glamour, Siriano shaped his fashion-is-for-everyone image by dressing ordinary women along with divas such as Janelle Monae, Lady Gaga, and Billy Porter whose extraordinary personalities harmonize with Siriano’s taste for voluminous forms and bold primary color. “Fabric is really my shape in making sculptures and shapes,” says Siriano.

His talent earned Siriano an exclusive entry into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CMDA) — that is, after they initially turned him down. Yet despite industry acceptance, Siriano has established himself as an iconoclast against the tide in an industry founded on an image of unattainable glamour. She has fought fashion color, gender orientation and size barriers, as when she challenged six-foot-tall comedian Leslie Jones in a sexy red dress for the “Ghostbusters” premiere that highlighted her enviable curves when no other designer wanted to intrude.

“I think clothes are important for changing yourself in a certain way,” says Siriano, who has helped marginalized people feel strong and beautiful.

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Christian Siriano look worn by Laverne Cox to the 2019 Met Gala. Courtesy of SCAD Atlanta

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SCAD Savannah – Fall 2021 – Exhibition – Christian Siriano – "People are people" – Teaser Documentation – Courtesy of SCAD Photography

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Christian Siriano look worn by Laverne Cox to the 2019 Met Gala. Courtesy of SCAD Atlanta

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Siriano also created the first gown for a male guest when he created the outrageously elegant-meets-formal look of “Pose” star Billy Porter for the 2019 Academy Awards. Siriano paired a neatly designed tuxedo jacket with a plush velvet gown. And although he’s not happy to name just one outfit to define his style, when pressed Siriano admits that the look may go down as his most definitive moment.

“That’s everything,” Siriano said. “It’s masculine. It’s feminine. That’s very strong. It is aware of world culture. That’s all things. ”

And “People Are People” reflects a long-standing belief in making clothes that fit the wearer rather than forcing people to make their bodies fit a size 2 or 4.

“There probably aren’t many historical moments where you’ll see in one room, from one brand, all these different sizes, shapes, ages,” Siriano said. “And I think that’s very important.”


EXHIBITION PREVIEW

“Christian Siriano: Humans Are Humans”

Until October 9 10am-5pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday; 10:00-20:00 Thursday; noon – 5pm Sunday. $10; $8 senior citizens and military; $20 for a family of three or more; $5 student with ID and alumni; free for under 14 years old, SCAD students, staff, faculty and members. Fashion Museum + SCAD FASH Film, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 404-253-3132, scadfash.org.

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