Christian Siriano showcases plus-size collection on nurses
Christian Siriano tapped nurses and patients at a children's hospital to showcase his latest collection.
Siriano recently teamed up with Lane Bryant for his first plus-size line, and created the show for nurses and patients at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for the fashion company's Give.Share.Love campaign, which helps fund life-saving research for children.
But where it differed from his usual couture shows, all of the participants were hardworking nurses rather than highly paid models.
“It was so much fun fitting the staffers and children, because they were just so excited to wear the clothes,” Siriano smiled to website SELF.
“I think that this opportunity is helping the nurses feel really good, and they deserve it because they’ve worked so hard here. Plus, there are so many children out there that really love fashion, and it’s going to be a nice change from their everyday life.”
Siriano makes it clear he is interested in creating items for more than one audience, which is why the collaboration with Lane Bryant is a natural fit for the 30-year-old.
“My mom was a Lane Bryant customer. So it really wasn’t different because that’s what I knew growing up,” he shared.
“So many types of women shop at Lane Bryant, not only varying sizes, but also different ages. I thought it was a great challenge as a designer, and I love that I can have a whole new customer now."
While the designer's eponymous label is pure luxury, with a shoe collection at Payless, it's clear he has an egalitarian outlook when it comes to design.
“I think there are so many people out there that just love fashion, and I don’t think we should hinder them if they can’t afford it,” he said. “I was always thinking, ‘Why not have a customer everywhere?’ And I think that’s what every designer should think about.”
Last week, the former Project Runway winner celebrated his Lane Bryant collaboration with a show compromising only plus-size models including superstar curvy model Ashley Graham and Orange Is the New Black‘s Danielle Brooks.