A New Line with Robin Givhan and Christian Siriano
On Monday, October 23, The Washington Post hosted fashion designer Christian Siriano for a conversation with Post Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan. The two looked back at Siriano’s headline-grabbing runway show at this year’s New York Fashion Week and discussed the design inspirations that have shaped his career.
This event is part of “A New Line,” an ongoing series of live interviews with fashion pioneers, cultural luminaries, and industry leaders working at the intersection of design, art and business.
Program Recap
“I hate hearing from anyone ever saying, ‘oh you only make clothes for models, that’s so annoying,’ because it just never, never is the case,” Siriano said Monday at The Washington Post in an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning fashion critic Robin Givhan. “Our top selling size is probably a 12,” adding that his brand goes up to a size 26.
Program Highlights
Fashion designer, Christian Siriano, has been a leader in promoting design for women of diverse shapes, sizes and ages. He says, "our top selling size is probably a 12," adding that his brand goes up to a size 26.
Fashion designer, Christian Siriano, describes his experience designing a dress for former first lady, Michelle Obama. He also comments on the intersection of fashion in politics and popular culture.
Fashion Designer, Christian Siriano, describes his relationship with comedian and "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Leslie Jones, who he met after responding to a Tweet that she was having a hard time finding a designer to dress her for the “Ghostbusters” premiere red carpet.
Fashion designer Christian Siriano won season four of "Project Runway" in his early 20's. He shares his experience after winning the competition, and the lessons he learned from his time on the show.
Fashion designer, Christian Siriano, discusses working with Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, and how those experiences early in his career have shaped him as a designer.
Christian Siriano
Fashion designer Christian Siriano attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and studied fashion in London, where he interned with industry legends Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. In the Fall of 2012 Siriano opened his first 1000-square foot concept store in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood and in June of 2013 was inducted into the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Robin Ghivan
Robin Givhan writes about fashion as a business, as a cultural institution and as pure pleasure. A 2006 Pulitzer winner for criticism, Givhan is author of “The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History.” 
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