Designer to the stars Christian Siriano has penned his dream book, Dresses to Dream About. Siriano loves his fans and has always wanted to share with them his unique design process and for the first time ever, his many fans will be shown his inimitable signature style – lavish details, sophisticated structures, and movements of his dresses.
Dresses to Dream About details the creative journey of Siriano’s designs, starting from an original sketch and ending with a dreamy, finished, gown. Photography of Siriano at work in his Manhattan studio and narration by the designer himself track the design process, and give a behind-the-scenes look at the work of one of America’s leading young fashion stars.
To celebrate his latest feat accompli, Siriano hosted a lavish book party at the beautiful Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, November 30, 2017 to show fans his unique design process behind each look. Notables in attendance included Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Helen Hunt, Connie Britton, Niecy Nash, Kristin Chenoweth, Kate Mara, Sarah Hyland, Alicia Silverstone, Samira Wiley, Lauren Morelli, Selma Blair, Isabelle Fuhrman, Willow Shields, Michelle Trachtenberg, Sarah Rafferty and Nicole Laliberte.
Since debuting his namesake collection in 2008 at New York’s Fashion Week, Siriano has become one of the most influential and talked-about fashion designers in America. From couture red-carpet gowns to affordable shoes for the average buyer, his eponymous collection spans a broad consumer base.
Siriano begins each collection by sketching hundreds of silhouettes. “Like watching a film,” he elegantly states, “there is always a story, and something to remember. With this book, I want to share that story.”
Dresses to Dream About (Hardcover / 9½” x 12” / 224 pages / 150 photographs and sketches $45.00 U.S. / ISBN: 978-0-8478-5838-5 / Rizzoli New York / Release date: November 2017). (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Christian Siriano)
About the Author
Following his studies in London under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano launched his eponymous collection in 2008. The Christian Siriano collection is shown each season at New York Fashion Week, and presented in New York and Paris to retailers. Known for whimsical and show-stopping design – from fantasy evening gowns and cocktail dresses to tailored sportswear, intricately detailed shoes and accessories – the collection can be found at department stores and specialty boutiques around the globe. In 2012, the first flagship Christian Siriano store opened in New York City, and in 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
Dubbed “the new king of old-school glamour” by Elle and “the next billion-dollar designer” by Yahoo! Style, his designs have appeared on the world’s biggest stars and most prestigious red carpets. Siriano is the youngest person to ever appear on the Crain’s “40 Under 40” list, and was a member of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in 2015. He was named “Designer of the Year” at the 2016 AAFA American Image Awards and won the Couture For A Cause “Designer of the Decade” award that same year. He co-founded accessories e-commerce retailer “Send the Trend” and served as Chief Curator until its acquisition by QVC. The consummate designer also designs seasonal collections of affordable shoes and handbags for Payless ShoeSource, an ongoing guest designer collaboration since 2009.
In 2016 he designed a collaboration collection for Lane Bryant. Other design partnerships have included a beauty line for Victoria’s Secret, and clothing and/or accessories with HSN, Disney, Nordstrom, Best Buy, Puma, Starbucks, Spiegel, and others. “Silhouette,” his first fragrance, launched in 2014. Christian Siriano intimates, eyewear, home/bedding, and beauty collections all launched in 2015 and 2016.
By Audrey J. Bernard