Project Runway alum Christian Siriano has been quietly killing the game for a minute now. He dressed dang near half the red carpet at this year’s Oscars and Golden Globes ceremonies. He even dressed Michelle Obama for her 2018 DNC speech.
But Christian’s most important client is probably SNL’s Leslie Jones. In June of 2016, Christian enthusiastically offered to dress Leslie for her Ghostbusters premiere after she reported that no other designer was willing to do so. You may remember that Leslie was the one who bore the brunt of that anti-lady Ghostbusters dumpster fire and received a lot of hateful, racist shit from internet trolls. Chin up, Leslie #tooktotwitter with her dilemma and less than an hour later, artist and muse had found each other.
It's so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) June 28, 2016
✋🏼👋🏼— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) June 28, 2016
Fortune smiled on fans of fashion and badassery that day and Leslie showed up to her premiere looking like a million fucking bucks in a hot-like-fire, red custom Siriano gown.
I want to thank my baby @csiriano for making me this fabulous gown and for my wonderful stylist @bmcstylez for putting this look all together! Styled BY: @bmcstylez Dress: @csiriano Necklace: @dannijo / @neimanmarcus Bag: @judithleiberny / @neimanmarcus Earrings: @chrisairebeverlyhills Shoes: @vincecamuto
That moment seemed to help propel Christian’s career into the stratosphere. So it’s not surprising that when Christian was included on the Time 100: The Most Influential People of 2018 list, he invited Leslie to be his date. For that event, Christian dressed Leslie in a gag inducing Grace Jones inspired look.
I said GODDAMN!
Here’s Christian discussing his work for Time 100.
Christian makes truly stunning gowns, many of them romantic and ultra-feminine. But he can also get down like “what?” on some shit like this. I hope he and Leslie continue to collaborate on sexy, inspired looks for years to come!