Christian Siriano is adamant that women of all shapes and sizes should be able to enjoy fashion.
The American designer has become a popular choice amongst celebrities including Christina Hendricks, Kelly Clarkson and Cardi B – who wore one of his dresses to announce her pregnancy on Saturday Night Live in April (18).
Siriano has also been widely praised for his commitment to diversity, but the former Project Runway winner believes it’s crucial that all women are able to shop in his stores.
“The whole point of being a designer is making people feel good,” he explained during a discussion with Fern Mallis at 92Y. “We’re not here to cure cancer; we’re here to make people look cute in a dress. You want to look cute in a dress and you’re a size 26, why not?”
The fashion mogul previously interned at Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen before launching his namesake label in 2008.
However, he admitted that like many other top designers, inclusivity wasn’t at the top of his agenda when he first caught his big break.
“At the beginning of my career, I was doing things that other people would accept more, but as I went on, I was over it,” he recalled. “It was very frustrating to hear a woman say to us, ‘You don’t have my size or you don’t have something that I can wear.'”
The 31-year-old famously provided Leslie Jones with the outfit she wore on the red carpet at the Ghostbusters premiere in 2016, after the complained that several other brands had refused to dress her.
“But whether it’s Leslie or Gwyneth Paltrow, I don’t think about a woman’s size when I dress her. I ask myself, ‘Am I a fan?'” he previously wrote in an essay for Glamour.com.
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