Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-12-08



Project Runway's very fierce Christian Siriano
Nunn on One: TV

This article shared 4427 times since Wed Jan 13, 2010
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Project Runway has hardly said "Auf Wiedersehen," and season seven is ready to strut its stuff this month. Windy City Times chased down Christian Siriano, the winner from season four, to find out how he makes it work at an appearance at Old Orchard Mall in Skokie.

Windy City Times: Hi, Christian. You always have so many projects coming out. It's very impressive.

Christian Siriano: It's very scary.

WCT: I have interviewed six people from Project Runway so far. How was New York Fashion Week this last time?

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: Really crazy, busy. I have had lots of orders since the show.

WCT: You have designed for so many celebrities from Whoopi Goldberg to Lady Gaga.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: At my last fashion show we had such a great front row. We had Estelle, Tori, Kelly Rowland, Mena Suvari and [ supermodel ] Alessandra Ambrosio. I had to dress them all and it was so much work, but I said, " I just knocked out twelve girls in one day, so I am done for a few months!" No more celebs, it's a lot of work.

WCT: You have a book titled Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self that came out in October.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: Yes, then I went on a U.S. tour of 20 cities. I did not come back to Chicago for the book tour but there are two stores that I sell to here, Helen Yi and Bonnie and Clyde's.

I just did a little show at Helen Yi.

WCT: You did a line of shoes and bags for Payless?

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: Yeah. They are in the store right now, in the window. Go look at them. The first collection just hit the stores. I have four more seasonal collections with them for this year. I just did a holiday collection. There will be a maternity collection. It's just too much!

WCT: I interviewed three designers from the last season of Project Runway. What advice would you give them?

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: The truth is I didn't watch that season because I was so busy. I had a 50-piece collection to do. I have not watched any TV. I missed all my Housewives shows. I am so upset. I try to catch the reruns.

The only thing I can say is afterward is that you have to do it. You have to go with it. You have to make a collection. I hate when people say I feel bad for them. It is not based on popularity. It is based on the workmanship and the work. Afterward, I was determined to have a collection and become a more successful designer. That's the idea. Everyone gets caught up in doing events. If you don't have the work to back it up then it's not exciting. I wanted a collection and the buyers there. It definitely takes money. My advice is go get a loan and do it.

WCT: That's good advice. You have literally hit the ground running.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: Don't get me wrong. I am probably more recognizable than the other designers maybe and that helps. After that season of the show, Heidi wore the gown to the Emmys and that was amazing. That was great exposure. I had that collection and worked with my publicist. We dressed the Pussycat Dolls. I dressed Whoopi. All those things started happening but we worked for them too. We sent clothes out everyday all day long. That is what you have to do.

WCT: You are saying you have to work it.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO: Yes. Trust me I am successful in my own way but I am also still struggling but you have to keep going. This is the third season for me, and the collection is bigger and going good at this point.

WCT: Sounds "fierce!"

Christian Siriano's designs may be purchased locally at Bonnie and Clyde's, 1751 W. Division, or Helen Yi, 1645 N. Damen. The new season of Project Runway struts down the catwalk on Jan. 14; visit for more information.

This article shared 4427 times since Wed Jan 13, 2010
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot, DCASE, dance community designate 2022 the "Year of Chicago Dance" 2022-01-21
-- From a press release - CHICAGO—In deep partnership with the local dance community, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Commissioner Erin Harkey have designated 2022 as the "Year ...

Gay News

PASSAGES Pansy Kings performance artist, education advocate Murray McKay dies 2022-01-20
- Pansy Kings performance artist, education advocate, curator, designer and LGBTQ activist Edward Murray McKay died Jan. 4 of cancer. He was 53. McKay was born Oct. 2, 1968, in Brussels, Belgium. The family moved to Toronto ...

Gay News

PASSAGES Designer Virgil Abloh dies at 41 2021-11-29
- Designer Virgil Abloh—the first Black artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection and the founder of the Off-White label—died at the age of 41 after privately battling "a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma," a ...

Gay News

Legendary costume designer accused of sexual harassment, abuse 2021-11-20
- Legendary costume designer and six-time Tony winner William Ivey Long—a onetime head of the American Theatre Wing, which gives out the Tony Awards—has been accused of sexual harassment and abuse by two different men, according to ...

Gay News

Actress Angelica Ross transfers leadership of trans talent incubator to E.C. Pizarro III 2021-11-04
- In 2017, E.C. Pizarro III listened as Angelica Ross presented about TransTech Social Enterprises, an incubator to build and promote transgender talent in technology fields. He approached her afterward, volunteering to design artwork for TransTech. Now, ...

Gay News

Steppenwolf opens Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center 2021-11-04
- On Nov. 2, Steppenwolf Theatre Company opened its new 50,000-square-foot theater building and education facility, the Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center. Designed by architect Gordon Gill FAIA of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill ...

Gay News

Sally Ride to be among women on U.S. coins next year 2021-10-09
- The United States Mint announced the official designs for the first five coins in the American Women Quarters Program. The 2022 coins will recognize the achievements of author/social activist Maya Angelou; physicist/astronaut Dr. Sally Ride, a ...

Gay News

Chicago Inclusion Project offers anti-racism workshops for arts organizations 2021-10-05
--From a press release - Chicago, IL—The staff of The Chicago Inclusion Project is excited to launch a new workshop and continuum developed by staff members Jessica Vann and Arti Ishak. The workshop, entitled "Being Anti-Racist: An Active Action," is designed ...

Gay News

ARCHITECTURE Thompson Center Idea Competition winners named 2021-09-14
- The Chicago Architecture Center and the Chicago Architectural Club announced the jury's selection of three winning designs for the Thompson Center Design Ideas Competition that represent three distinct, creative visions for the State of Illinois Thomp ...

Gay News

Helmut Jahn architecture exhibit has opened 2021-07-24
- The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), 111 E. Wacker Dr., has opened its first, major limited-run exhibit, "Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture," the career retrospective of Helmut Jahn's innovative architectural designs. ...

Gay News

LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois announces 'Shop Pride' program, showcasing LGBTQ+ business 2021-07-15
--From a press release - CHICAGO — The LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois (LGBTCC), today announced the official launch of the Shop Pride program designed to encourage Illinois residents to support ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Pulse, Philly Pride, Mormons, Victory Fund, anti-trans bills 2021-06-27
- President Joe Biden (D) signed H.R. 49, the bill designating the site of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida as a national monument, into law, according to LGBTQ Nation. Afterward, Biden commemorated Pride Month ...

Gay News

U.S. Bank opens branch in Lake View with LGBTQ+ design 2021-06-18
- U.S. Bank has brought what it calls "an enhanced banking experience" to customers of the Lake View East branch at 3214 N. Broadway. The branch is one of four LGBTQ+ flagship branches, with others at West ...

Gay News

Biden, Harris make Juneteenth a national holiday 2021-06-17
- On June 17, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris signed a bill designating June 19 as officially Juneteenth National Independence Day—a U.S. federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in this country. With the ...

Gay News

Congress makes Pulse Nightclub a national memorial 2021-06-12
- The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation designating the site of the Pulse Nightclub a national memorial, NBC News reported. The House passed its version of the bill May 12. The measure now goes to President Joe ...


Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.






About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.