Christian Siriano’s recent New York Fashion Week (NYFW) runway show included models diverse in both race and body size. However, Siriano’s inclusion of five plus-sized models at a runway show is the exception, not the rule. Tim Gunn recently called out designers for refusing to make clothes for women that wear larger than a size 12. Christian Siriano is not one of those designers.
Siriano is no stranger to dressing fuller-figured women. He recently made headlines for dressing Leslie Jones on the red carpet when other designers refused. The designer also collaborates with plus-sized fashion retailer Lane Bryant. Siriano dressed supermodel Ashley Graham and sat her front row at his show.
“I think it’s great that we’re just doing what we do — and then it turned into a thing. I think it's worked because I’m just into women — and for my design, it's all about the body. I also grew up with a mom who was a size 16, 18, so it wasn’t new to me to have a voluptuous woman in my life,” Siriano told Glamour.
Let’s be clear that Siriano isn’t being applauded just for having plus-sized models but for actually knowing how to dress them. He recognizes that he can’t just scale up a pattern and have it look the same in a size 18 as it looks in a size 2. His larger pieces are not only fashionable but they flatter a curvier figure.
Siriano was intentional about using plus-sized models at NYFW and created samples in larger sizes (12, 14 & 16) to facilitate the casting process. He selected pieces from his collection that he thought would look best in larger sizes and altered them for the models as needed.
Not only does Christian Siriano talk the talk, he walks the walk when it comes to dressing all body types. His second collection through Lane Bryant launched earlier this week. Siriano's first collection sold fast, so hurry if you’re interested in picking up a few pieces.