Fresh off New York Fashion Week, Maryland fashion designers Christian Siriano and David Hart transitioned from the runway to the red carpet, with nine celebrities wearing their designs at Sunday night's Academy Awards.
Siriano designed a gown worn by E! anchor Maria Menounos as part of a partnership with Stella Artois and Water.org for the organization's "Buy a Lady a Drink" campaign, which provides clean water to developing countries.
In addition to the sparkling silver gown, Menounos and Siriano worked on several designs inspired by Stella Artois' limited-edition chalices. Each retails for $13 with $6.25 going to Water.org.
Siriano also designed gowns for: Joy Mangano (the woman who inspired the movie "Joy"); Jackie Miranne (Mangano's daughter and a model from "Project Runway"); and Louise Roe (British television personality, model and fashion journalist).
"Dressing celebs for any award show can be very stressful and a lot of work because there is so much pressure for these actresses to look a certain way," Siriano wrote in an e-mail Monday to The Sun. "I think sometimes that can really affect a decision in the end and why you never ever know if someone will wear you on the carpet until she walks out the door and get in the car and even then she might change her mind."
Siriano sends out dozens of gowns each season, and some times doesn't know if an actress has chosen the garment until he sees it on the red carpet.
"We send so many gowns out and sometimes it works out and you can have three or four girls on a carpet or you can have none at all," he wrote. "You never know and I try not to take it too personally and hope that something will work out another time for another great event. But it is sad when all the hard work doesn't end up being shows if the actress decides to go in a new direction."
Although no celebrity wore a tuxedo designed by the menswear designer Hart, the Severna Park native's shoe collection with Johnston & Murphy was well represented.
Rami Malek ("Mr. Robot"), Chris Evans ("Captain America"), JJ Abrams (director and executive producer of the "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" reboots), Tyler Oakley (social media personality and contestant on the 28th season of "The Amazing Race"), and Harry Shum Jr. ("Glee") all wore shoes from the six-shoe capsule collection. The shoes will hit stores in September.