Siriano was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. He has one older sister, and is of Italian and German descent.
Siriano has said that his parents supported the arts and encouraged him and his sister to pursue creative fields. As a child, Siriano studied ballet, and on a March 2008 Ellen appearance, he described himself as a "musical theater kid who loved costumes". Siriano's interest in costume design inspired him to pursue a career in fashion. He began designing clothes at age thirteen, while working as a hair washer and styling assistant at Bubbles Salon in Annapolis, and eventually began sewing clothes for the salon's annual hair shows. Siriano spent a year at Broadneck Senior High School before transferring to Baltimore School for the Arts. The school allowed Siriano to choose fashion design as his course of study.
After being rejected by the Fashion Institute of Technology, Siriano chose to study abroad at American InterContinental University in London, England. Following the recommendation of a teacher during his senior year, he began interning at Vivienne Westwood, and later, at Alexander McQueen, who Siriano has stated is his favorite designer. Siriano moved to New York City after graduating from college.
Siriano is openly gay and lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan with longtime boyfriend, singer-songwriter Brad Walsh.
Christian Siriano (born November 18, 1985) is an American fashion designer. Siriano first gained attention after winning the fourth season of American reality show Project Runway, becoming the series' youngest winner. Shortly after winning Runway, Siriano launched his fashion line, Christian Siriano, which as of 2010 has brought in revenue of over $1.2 million. Siriano lives in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan with his boyfriend since November 2007, singer-songwriter Brad Walsh.
Before Siriano had become really famous, Brad met Christian in November 2007 to take some pictures of him. “He stupidly gave me, a stranger at the time, his home address and had me meet him there when his roommate Jasmine was away,” Brad writes. “He (also stupidly) let me take pictures of his in-progress Bryant Park collection and sketches of the final outfits tacked on the wall.” The first meeting led to an exchange of photos and emails, and eventually an invitation to be Brad’s “+1” at a party Brad was shooting for Playgirl Magazine. “I sort of wondered if it was a date,” Brad says, “but wasn’t sure how I felt about a first date being at a nighttime Playgirl party with penises all over the walls, so I decided in my head that it was not a date because that was very unromantic. But after two drinks went into his tiny body, however, we were clearly on a date.” By December, they were an item. The couple now live in a 1400 square foot newly renovated loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (http://www.thebacklot.com/still-more-gay-celebrity-boyfriends/04/2009/5/)
Brad Walsh is an American singer and music producer best known for his dance remixes of pop artists including Britney Spears, Adam Lambert, and Lady Gaga as well as his own albums.
Walsh has released several albums and singles over the last six years. He released an album in 2011 named Right Now, and his songs and remixes have sold millions of copies. Right Now received positive reviews from Vogue Italia, The Advocate, and OUT Magazine. In 2009 and 2010 he remixed songs by Adam Lambert and Britney Spears among other artists and reached the top of a Billboard dance chart. His music has been used on commercials and television shows including shows on Bravo, E!, Showtime and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and he creates runway music for fashion shows.
Walsh also has had success as a fashion and celebrity photographer, as well as a jewelry designer.
Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self by Christian Siriano & Rennie Dyball
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 5, 2009)
Amazon: Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self
In 2008, Christian Siriano made headlines as the youngest designer to win the hit reality series Project Runway. But the now twenty-three-year-old is bigger than a TV celebrity. From his prodigious fashion talent to his one-of-a-kind personality, Christian is the embodiment of fierce style.
Now in his first book, he helps readers discover how to look, feel, and act fierce in everyday life. With tips from some of fashion and Hollywood's biggest names -including Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Vanessa Williams -- along with gorgeous original sketches by Christian, never-before-heard stories, and behind-the-scenes photos, he tells his journey of developing his own fashion sense and overcoming obstacles to success.
Giving advice on creating personal style, sharing tips on building self-confidence, and revealing his own list of fashion dos and don'ts, Christian shows how to use one's unique strengths to get ahead - and go from tickity-tack to totally flawless.
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