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How Christian Siriano Came Up with Billy Porter’s Oscars Look

How Christian Siriano Came Up with Billy Porter’s Oscars Look

“Project Runway” winner Christian Siriano is certainly having his moment as a fashion designer!

Days after Siriano dressed Billy Porter for the Oscars, “Extra’s” Renee Bargh sat down with the designer at Universal Studios Hollywood, where he dished on the “Pose” actor’s bold look. Along with calling it a “major moment, he said, “We just kind of wanted to try something different… He was like, 'Let’s push it, honey,' and that’s what we did. It’s a bit random to see a man in a dress on carpet like that, but I think the whole idea is people should wear what they feel. Fashion shouldn’t be so difficult, it should be fun.”

When Renee mentioned that Porter’s outfit was embraced by so many, Christian commented, “It’s a nice moment for those young kids at home to be like, 'One day, I can wear that and be comfortable.'"


Christian is returning to the show that made him famous, becoming a mentor for the new season of “Project Runway.” He shared, “It’s pretty wild… I was on that show 12 years ago, so it’s kind of crazy…I ’m trying to mentor them as a designer that’s working right now in the business.”

While he gives “tough love” to the contestants, Christian emphasized, “I let them be themselves. The designers are super talented this season, they make some amazing things.”

Christian’s friend Cardi B is also making a special guest appearance on the show. He gushed, “I’m so glad she came, she’s amazing, she’s very blunt… honestly gives really great advice, she’s a big fan of fashion. She loves clothes, she changes five times a day sometimes. She was giving real advice like, 'I’m never going to wear that,' and I think the designers appreciate that.”

Of their friendship, Siriano dished, “We have a really nice fashion-love relationship. The fittings are hilarious.”