Our Favorite Baltimore Designer Made Michelle Obama’s Dress

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Photo via Instagram / @csiriano
Photo via Instagram / @csiriano

Christian Siriano is really just killing it these days.

The Project Runway winner and Baltimore native recently made headlines for the lovely dress he made for Leslie Jones to wear to the Ghostbusters premiere. Prior to connecting with Siriano, Jones had complained that designers weren’t reaching out to her–in part, she speculated, because she looks different from the typical Hollywood waif.

Who knows if that was on the First Lady’s mind when she opted for the classy, blue silk crepe dress with a flared skirt that she wore last night. Michelle Obama also wore a Siriano design earlier this month, at the funeral for one of the slain Dallas police officers.

But certain people picked up on the message: “Her dress spoke volumes while appearing, at first glance, to be entirely subdued,” a New York Times fashion critic wrote. “…Throughout her time in the White House, the first lady has made something of a secondary cause out of supporting new, independent American designers, and choosing her clothes not only because she likes them but because their back story has a certain resonance that goes beyond the aesthetic. Monday night was no different. Fashion is not known for its embrace of togetherness (more for its exclusion). But Mr. Siriano is.”

I’m just speculating here, but I like to imagine that the fact that Siriano spent his formative years in Baltimore is one reason why he’s so inclusive in his sense of what’s beautiful. It’s great to see him succeed.



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