The countdown is officially over, Project Runway is here. Get ready for high-end fashion, drama, deliciously talented designers, the judges, and awe-inspiring trends. To get things started, Project Runway's Christian Siriano steps into the halls of De Novo Magazine to give you the first look at the new season.
Siriano is a serious designer with years of experience under his belt. His taste for fashion doesn't end at the runway, Siriano is also a hair guru. Siriano has worked with top celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker.
For a more in depth look into the life of Christian Siriano please read his bio.
Moreno: Christian, let’s start at the beginning. Where did you grow up?
Christian: I grew up in Annapolis Maryland, but attended High school in Baltimore city, Baltimore school for the arts
Moreno: What can you tell us about your childhood?
Christian: I had a great childhood! My family is so supportive of the arts and creativity. My sister was a dancer and I was always backstage with set and costume designers! I actually tried all types of hobbies [including] sports, painting, dance, and all the arts! My mother and father split when I was about four, but my father is still in my life and was always around to support my dreams!! I also had my grandparents to lean on and family friends that have been around since I made my first dress!!!!
Moreno: What did your parents do?
Christian: My Mother and Father both worked in the school system. Now my father works a bit in land development (homes) and owns a bakery in Florida called, Pete and Berry’s.
Moreno: What was your first job?
Christian: When I was younger, I wanted a job so bad that I would do anything for money and work. I worked as an assistant to a finance advisor, and worked at a juice stand. But to me, my first real job was at Bubbles Salon where my fashion inspiration really started. I started there when I was 13!
Moreno: At what age did you encounter your interest in fashion?
Christian: I think I was very young when I became interested in fashion! About 8 when I was into show costumes!!! I was always 10 different things for Halloween, it was a runway at age 8!
Moreno: Outside fashion, what are some of your other interests?
Christian: I love so many things!!! Art, photography, interior design, Ballet, food, and just living life!
Moreno: If you don’t mind sharing, so we can get to know you better, can you share with us a moment, both happy and sad, in your life that has had a major impact on your life?
Christian: Happy impact in my life was being accepted into design school in London and then working for amazing designers there such as Alexander McQueen and Westwood!! Honestly, I am very lucky to have a very happy life!!! When bad things happen I always pick myself up again! I have had no family deaths besides my grandfather, which I did not see very much!!! Other than that, I have a healthy family and life, I think!
Moreno: So, before Project Runway, what were you up to?
Christian: Before the show I recently moved to NEW YORK City! I was working as a freelance makeup artists for Stila cosmetics and I was making private bridal gowns for a few special clients!
Moreno: Tell me about Project Runway, what were reactions when you found out you were cast for the show?
Christian: I was so excited to be accepted on the show!!! I'm very young, so I never thought it would happen. It was a very intense processes so I was happy to have made it!
Moreno: What did you make of the judges?
Christian: I love them, most of the time. Heidi; love her, she is so amazing, Michael very honest and nice; Nina is actually great and very supportive!
Moreno: How wonderful is Tim Gunn? How important is Tim’s role as advisor/mentor to the group?
Christian: I love Tim as a person! He is so supportive and wonderful! He has said wonderful things about me in articles, saying that I'm a prodigy! Yet as a advisor, I was not always convinced that he understood my vision! He was not always correct in his Judgment!
Moreno: Tell us a little about your fashion sense? What’s your niche?
Christian: My design style is a bit Avant-garde and creative!!! They are pieces that are not always wearable for every woman! I love that my work is considered Art and I believe fashion is wearable art, or it should be! My personal style is a bit British punk in a sense! I love a vest and skinny jeans!
Moreno: Who would you love to design an ensemble for?
Christian: I would love to dress any celebrity willing! I hope to dress the A-listers soon!
Moreno: Were you able to make any bonds with the fellow contestants on the show?
Christian: I actually keep in touch with almost all of them!!!! Some more than others just because of the distance! We all try and chat via email and some I talk to everyday!!! I love them even if I say sassy things about their work!
Moreno: What can we generally expect from you this season on Project Runway?
Christian: Expect amazing Talent!! A few of us make things that no other season designer could have done, I think! Expect crazy fun people!! Tons of sassy comments from me, lots of drama, and a few designers true colors under pressure!
Moreno: From past Project Runway shows, whose work do you most identify with?
Christian: Honestly, I do not compare myself to any other contestant! I always say that it's not the point of the show! They try to cast new interesting and different designers that they have never had before! I come from a European design background, so it in itself is different.
Moreno: Correct me if I’m wrong, but your talents go beyond fashion. Are you not a hair guru too?
Christian: I worked in a salon for long time and still have huge support from my stylists there!!!! I did a lot of hair shows for them and we won most of them!!! Actually, the last 3 years in a row. I even went back to help this year! I love hair and still keep up with the trends!
Moreno: What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
Christian: I know it's sad but Britney’s new Blackout album is so amazing!! It's great to work to because it's uplifting!
Moreno: What do you Google?
Christian: I Google everyone I meet and I look up designers!
Moreno: For all your fans that adore your fashion sense, tell us what you’re wearing right now.
Christian: I am wearing April 77 jeans black, A Vivienne Westwood T-shirt, dior necklace, and creative recreation gold shoes!!!!