When it comes to fashion, self-expression and the way we dress, it’s impossible to follow a one-size-fits-all model. Unfortunately, many people in the industry — designers included — don’t seem to understand that concept.
Somehow, fashion is now all-too-often equated with age, social status and weight, which is kind of ridiculous when you think about it; every single person needs to get dressed on a daily basis no matter how old, pretty, poor or thin. Furthermore, the clothes people pick often reflect the way they feel about themselves, and are used as a form of expression. Why should that only apply to a certain few?
Christian Siriano gets it, at least. The American designer, who shot to fame following his fourth-season Project Runway win, has made a name for himself dressing celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Lady Gaga. But despite that fame he isn’t opposed to anyone wearing his clothes; in fact he feels honoured whenever he sees anyone sporting his brand.
“When I started my business in 2008, I was excited to see my clothing on women I admired. Whether it was purchased in a store or worn on a red carpet, I felt proud that I was able to make those women feel great about themselves. That was my goal from the beginning, and we have stuck to that, even when we were put down for our choices,” Siriano wrote in an open letter for Teen Vogue.
“These choices are slowly becoming the norm. We are living in a new world where traditional fashion rules no longer apply. This is great; the concept of ‘rules’ in fashion has always sounded to me like an oxymoron. There are still designers who balk at the idea of dressing a larger woman, or a woman from a background deemed unworthy. These are designers for whom restrictions have been placed upon themselves, by themselves, and to me, restrictions are the antithesis of art.”
Finally, someone who understands that fashion should be universal, and that by boxing ourselves into a corner we actually quell the creativity and inspiration we hope to foster by entering the fashion world in the first place. And now, thanks to designers like Siriano, it seems like change is on the horizon.
Even better is that Siriano can back up these claims. He was, after all, the one who offered to put something together for Leslie Jones at the Ghostbusters premiere after the actress revealed that she was having a hard time finding a designer to make a dress for her. She’s been wearing his stuff ever since.
It’s no wonder that the designer (who has been an official fashion player for about a decade now), continues to land such huge celebrity clients. His message is as on point as his actual designs, and both are pretty damned fabulous if you ask us.