Where Are They Now: Christian Siriano

10.31.2010

By Gregory Miller

What's your catchphrase now?
I don't really have one. I guess whatever I'm saying. There's nothing too specific. 'Having a moment' is still around and it makes a cameo every now and then, as do all the others when I'm in the studio making something.

What was that Craigslist scam thing about? Did you work it out?
We did work it out. It was horrible. So crazy -- someone using my name to attract models. It's hard when you're a public figure in some way, people can definitely take advantage. So yeah, that was bad. But we definitely worked it out. They found the person and everything got taken care of, which is great.

In the November issue of Harper's Bazaar Christina Hendricks says she stands behind the Golden Globes dress that fashion people hated and you designed.
What's so great about Christina is that she is such a chic and sophisticated woman -- just herself. That dress was like 'a moment' dress for her. Christina was still new to the game. It was only like her fifth carpet ever, so it was a big 'wow.' So for me, it was an amazing moment. And I think she looked amazing. She felt amazing. At the end of the day, the most important part is if the client is happy. And obviously she was because I dressed her for the Creative Arts Emmys just a few months ago. That's how you have to take it because fashion is so subjective. There are so many people that will love it and so many people will hate it. That's just how it works. Nobody ever loves everything -- we just don't. In society, we all have snotty opinions.

Speaking about the dress, New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn said, 'You don't put a big girl in a big dress. That's rule number one.' Is that fair?
I think that comment was just something that came out of her thinking very quickly and trying to get a comment out very quickly. What's hard for me is that I think full-figured women in dresses that have more of 'a moment' -- that are more sculptural and that have a 'wow' factor -- that's what makes it even more special. Because these women are really dressing themselves. They're not afraid to show off their curves and their bodies. I've obviously dressed Christina and Whoopi Goldberg and Kimberley Locke -- none of them are these tiny, thin women. But I've also dressed the Pussycat Dolls. It's kind of hard to listen to criticism like that because I think she's an average size 10. I don't know if it's good to bash that shape [laughs].

Is criticism harder to hear now or back on the Project Runway stage?
No. Now that it's like a real business, you have to make sure the collections are up to par and it's hard. You put so much work into something and spend so much money and time. I always say now that Project Runway was like a dream. It was such a breeze compared to the real business and reality of it.

Tags: Out100 2010
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