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Fashion designer Christian Siriano spoke of his success at Columbia College's "Conversations in the Arts" series last night, Tuesday, April 26th. The event started out with an informal greeting for students where Siriano answered questions and posed for pictures with fans. Student, Marie Shiroishi stated, “He is super adorable and funny. He asked me what I liked to design. It was so cool that he wanted to connect with the students.”
Nena Ivon, a former Saks Fifth Avenue Director and now Columbia faculty member, then interviewed the fierce designer at the South Loop campus in a filled event space at 7pm. Siriano, whose clientele includes Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, and Lady Gaga, has had tremendous success at the mere age of 25. He became a fan favorite through his triumphs in season four of Project Runway and has since been featured in New York Fashion Week since 2009.
Student Jess Piet told us the favorite part of Siriano's talk was when he told the crowd that his sister has been his muse since she was dancing around in tutu's at a young age. He then stated that she always steals his designs because she fits the sample size, even if it isn't flattering. The crowd chuckled and then informed Siriano that this was being taped for future reference. His rebuttal was that he would "totally say it to her face". -Shelby Steiner
· Christian Siriano [Official Site]