Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell have pledged to begin making medical masks amid the coronavirus crisis.
After the Project Runway mentor heard New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announce medical workers in the state were running low on masks last week, he reached out to the politician on social media and offered to help make more.
“If we need masks my team can make them! I have sewers and pattern makers ready to help working from home we just need all the information on how to help,” Siriano posted on Instagram, before later adding: “We are working hard on this and more to come soon. We want to be safe and make sure all the legal requirements are met. Thanks everyone for all the support!”
Cuomo saw Siriano’s message and accepted the proposal, while also encouraging others in the fashion industry to help out too.
“We’re in contact with @CSiriano. Appreciate his help so much. Who’s next? Let’s do this together, NY!”
In addition, the designer also uploaded a video of one of the prototype masks.
“We will be making a few versions of this in order to help as many people as we can. Here is the process so we can get a perfect fit. More to come thank you everyone we hope to get these to the right people ASAP,” the 34-year-old noted.
Elsewhere, fellow designer and Project Runway judge Maxwell is also investigating how his team can be begin to manufacture medical supplies.
“As more information comes available on how to manufacture medical grade masks and gloves, we will transition into doing so. Any information you can share for donation locations or organisations would be greatly appreciated,” he wrote in an Instagram message.
There have been over 342,000 reported cases of Covid-19 since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China last December, and approximately 14,700 deaths. Around 35,000 cases have been reported in the U.S.
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