Christian Siriano Explains His Epic Emmys 2016 Red Carpet Triumph: 9 Looks in One Night!
ANGELA BASSETT, 58
Siriano says the entire red carpet experience is something that should bring joy to the world. "I think that women wearing dresses is a happy, fun thing," he says. "It should never be serious and horrible. There's enough of that elsewhere," adding, "it just makes everybody feel good." Of Bassett's chartreuse silk crepe cape gown, he says, “I love that Angela was covered up but looked so sexy, beautiful and elegant. And the color looked amazing on her!”
KATHY BATES, 68
Creating a custom look for the American Horror Story star was a thrill for Siriano, who regards her as one of the most iconic actresses in the world. "She wanted to have a bit of a moment," he says. "Not every designer is sending her clothes, so it was exciting to give her that. We got to take a little risk and give her kind of a cool moment. It was my favorite thing."
NIECY NASH, 46
Siriano says Niecy Nash wanted "something sexy" because she was nominated, so he created a custom strapless white crepe side draped gown for the Getting On star. "She really wanted to look unbelievable and I think she did," he says.
MAURA TIERNEY, 51
Siriano says The Affair star's look was "the easiest fitting we had," because the silk tea-length dress with floral appliques was straight from his resort collection. "All it needed was a hem," he says.
ANNA CHLUMSKY, 35
Chlumsky, who just had a daughter seven weeks before hitting the red carpet, worked with Siriano to create this vintage-inspired custom pink textured gown featuring a cascading cape. "We all knew [Anna’s dress] was going to be something fun and different and not everybody would get it and that’s okay,” he says. "I think definitely it was a risk. But it was cool. People get very scared of what they haven’t seen before. I think it’s sometimes fun to take a little risk every now and then."
NEVE CAMPBELL, 42
Campbell had just attended Siriano's New York Fashion Week show several days before hitting the red carpet in this custom black strapless trumpet gown with lace applique. "She's not someone who's showing up on every red carpet, and you don't see her often," says Siriano. "For me, I wanted to give her a glamorous moment that felt unexpected."
LESLIE JONES, 49
Siriano famously dressed Jones earlier this year after she complained no designers wanted to loan her a gown for the Ghostbusters premiere. For the Emmys, they collaborated again, this time on a royal blue silk crepe jumpsuit (and matching cape, not in view). The inspiration: Ease and comfort. “Leslie wanted to be casual and comfortable," says Siriano. "After everything that’s happened to her, she just wants to feel beautiful.” Plus, he thinks she's one of the most fun people to dress. "Some fittings are super stresseful," he says. "With Leslie, they're fun. She comes in and she just makes jokes and it's a blast."
LAURIE METCALF, 61
The range of ages and body types represented in his work at the Emmys — which included this custom emerald green silk draped dress for The Big Bang Theory actress — makes him proud. "Being a young designer in this business, we're going up against these massive brands with billions of dollars," he says. "It's really hard to get people to support and want to wear the clothes and buy the clothes. We need to focus on what works for us, and what works for us is that we have so many different types of customers from around the world. I like to show people that's what we're about — representing everyone."
LAUREN ADAMS, 34
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star chose a custom peach column gown with crystal straps by the designer. He worked through New York Fashion Week to make sure all the dresses were done in time for the show, while he was simultaneously preparing for his fashion show. "It was definitely a challenge," he says of his work balance. "It’s also never a guarantee. We can make 10 dresses and send out 50 and maybe one person shows up in something. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. At the Emmys, most of them worked out!"