Where Are They Now: Christian Siriano


By Gregory Miller

With his win on the fourth season of Project Runway, designer Christian Siriano firmly lodged himself in the middle of the pop-culture landscape. Since his victory, he's become the show's most successful alumnus, showing collections for New York Fashion Week since 2008. We caught up with the 2008 Out 100 inductee to chat about catchphrases, his Craigslist conundrum, and tough criticism.

Out: Are you watching this season of Project Runway?
Christian Siriano: That's so funny. I watched the episode that I was on. Other than that, I haven't caught much of the show because it's always Thursday night -- the worst night I work.

Are there plans for more specials like this spring's Having a Moment on Bravo or perhaps a series?
No, no. When we did the special, it was like I was trying out what it would be like. With the special, I felt like we did so much with the one episode, for me, it didn't really make sense to go on and do a full series. And it was very invasive. It was hard. With my fashion business growing, it just didn't really work, unfortunately.

So you're done with reality TV then?
I think there will always be little things that come up here and there. I do cameos every now and then. I'm sure in the next couple years there will be something that will come up again. I have to say, I've been asked to do some of the craziest things, the craziest shows, the worst shows ever. None of them were the right fit.

On the special you replaced 'hot tranny mess' with 'having a moment' as your catchphrase. Did you stop saying 'hot tranny mess' because of the backlash from groups like GLAAD?
No, really for me. Obviously, I respect what everyone was saying, but no, it was because you grow and you mature. I was on Project Runway almost three years ago, so you kind of do a lot within that time. You grow and mature as years pass. I just kind of stopped saying what I used to say. It wasn't like I said those things all the time -- that was an edited TV show. That's kind of how it works.

Do fans still come up to you and say it?
Yes and no. It's funny. Some people remember and they'll say the craziest -- anything that I've ever said on the show. And then other fans want to talk about me on Oprah or they want to talk about other things. It just depends. Everybody always has their little thing that I remind them of that they will say to me.

How was doing Oprah?
Oh, it was amazing -- the most amazing experience. Oprah took the most press, and it was the most work. It's a lot that goes into it -- people don't realize. It was like four days of prepping for this 10-minute segment, which is kind of crazy.

Tags: Out100 2010