Life Before Fame: 'Project Runway's' Christian Siriano
If you never missed Project Runway you probably remember the talented Christian Siriano, winner of the fourth season. We know he is a fabulous fashion designer, but why don't we take a look at his life before fame?
Christian Siriano is 33 years old but he actually came to prominence when he was in his early 20's after winning the fourth season of the reality television show Project Runway. In the series finale he presented a Musketeer-inspired couture collection which was described as a "breath of fresh air" by guest judge Victoria Beckham, and which earned him a fashion spread in Elle magazine, a 2008 Saturn Astra, and US$100,000 to start his own label.
Christian Siriano has an outstanding career in the fashion world
The Maryland native's professional career has only been growing in the past years. His fashion line Christian Siriano debuted 11 years ago and his collections are shown each season at New York Fashion Week, as well as sold at department stores and boutiques all over the world. His work goes from fantasy evening gowns to cocktail dresses and tailored sportswear. His talent is such that he served as mentor for the designers in season 17 of Project Runway.
Celebrities such as Emily Blunt, Danielle Brooks, Jonathan van Ness, Lady Gaga, Christina Hendricks, and Janelle Monáe, are some of his most famous clients who are often spotted on red carpet events wearing his fabulous designs!
How was Christian Siriano's life before fame?
Siriano decided to audition for Project Runway after the suggestion of a friend's mother. Before doing so, he studied ballet and eventually began designing at the age of 13. Born and raised in Maryland, he always had the support of his parents, and used to work as a freelance make-up artist and wedding gowns designer for private clients. He also held a brief intern position at Marc Jacobs.
He attended Baltimore School for the Arts where he was allowed to choose fashion design as his main course of study. After being rejected by the Fashion Institute of Technology he studied abroad at American InterContinental University in London, where he began interning at Vivienne Westwood, and later, at Alexander McQueen, Siriano's favorite designer.
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Five quick facts about the Project Runway star Christian Siriano
-He was a member of Forbes' "30 Under 30" in 2015
-Christian was in charge of creating the ensemble costumes for Disney's 2014 film The Pirate Fairy
-Siriano has tattoos of a squid and an octopus on his right arm. He once said they are "a tribute to Maryland and the sea life"
-His personality is so unique that some celebs have parodied him, such as the Parks and Rec star Amy Poehler in Saturday Night Live
-The fashion designer is openly gay and currently lives in New York's Chelsea district. He once was engaged to singer Brad Walsh. Now he is in a relationship with Kyle Smith