While Christian Siriano is still referenced as a “Project Runway winner” and remembered for elevating the word “fierce” in the pop culture lexicon during his season, the designer is also celebrated for something way more important. Siriano has a serious commitment to fashion inclusivity, and it is fully showcased in the Christian Siriano x Barbie collection.
Siriano stands out from so many of his peers not simply because of the originality of his designs, but because he refuses to ignore plus-size women. Rather, he creates custom gowns specifically for them. Remember when he crafted two looks for This Is Us star Chrissy Metz for the 2017 Golden Globes. While she opted not to wear either, Siriano’s plus-size designs and diversity when it comes to which celebs he dresses are his hallmarks.
Ultimately, Siriano’s Mattel x Barbie collab captures the most important aspects of his design aesthetic and philosophy. The range features five dolls wearing replicas of red carpet designs that Siriano, created with an array of celebs of different backgrounds.
The standout is SNL star Leslie Jones’ off-the-shoulder, clingy, and tomato red gown with the mega slit from the Ghostbusters premiere, which Siriano created after Jones was vocal about her difficulty in finding a designer to dress her.