Fashion & Style

Maryland designers Christian Siriano and David Hart shine at Emmy Awards

Regina King accepts the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie award for "Seven Seconds" onstage during the 70th Emmy Awards. King wore a gown from designer Christian Siriano.

Although Marylanders didn’t come away with Emmy awards last night, the state’s designers won sartorially.

Eight attendees wore looks from womenswear designer and Annapolis native Christian Siriano. Though not as many as his epic nine looks from the 2016 Emmys, his showing at this year’s awards show was by far one of the most robust.


Among the celebrities sporting Siriano’s looks was Regina King, who won outstanding lead actress in a limited series for Netflix’s “Seven Seconds.” She started her acceptance speech by saying that she dropped lipstick on her lime green corseted Siriano gown.

Siriano earlier described King as “bright and bold” and “looking so amazing” in an Instagram post.


He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment as he was on a flight, according to a spokeswoman. (Siriano posted a picture of himself on a flight to Greece on his Instagram’s story.)

Other celebrities wearing Siriano included:

  • Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) in a canary yellow caped gown
  • Angela Sarafyan (“Westworld”) in a crystal-encrusted black gown with a dramatic train
  • Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) in a black and yellow jumpsuit
  • Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”) in an iridescent water-colored pink pantsuit
  • Britney Young (“GLOW”) in a custom off-the-shoulder shamrock green gown
  • Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) in a metallic organza floral ballgown
  • and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn in a custom black-and-white feather applique mini gown.
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If you watched any of the show, chances are you saw pieces from menswear designer and Severna Park native David Hart.

Hart was responsible for designing the midnight-blue velvet tuxedo and mohair trousers for Michael Zegen (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) and the ruffled tuxedo shirts for Emmys co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost.

All were dressed by Hart’s longtime friend celebrity stylist Sam Spector.

But it wasn’t a particularly strong year for projects with Maryland connections.

Former Gambrills resident Wanda Sykes was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance in “Black-ish.” But she ultimately lost to Tiffany Haddish.

“Drunk History,” hosted by Baltimore native Derek Waters, was nominated for Outstanding Variety/Sketch Series, but “Saturday Night Live” took home the award in that category.


Meanwhile, “House of Cards,” which is filmed in Maryland, was not nominated for a single category, and “Modern Family,” which stars Baltimore native Julie Bowen, didn’t receive any nominations in major categories.