Siriano rules the 'Runway'

The Baltimore Sun

Christian Siriano's days of making sacrifices in the name of fashion may be coming to an end now that he has been named the top designer of this season's Project Runway. In last night's finale, the outspoken 22-year-old Annapolisnative - who works out of a cramped New York apartment and does without a real bed (all to afford more clothes) - took home the $100,000 prize to start his own fashion line. Siriano, a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and the fan favorite on the Bravo series, beat out former Ralph Lauren designer Jillian Lewis and Los Angeles drape artist RamiKashou for the final prize. His avant-garde and '80s-inspired runway collection, which showed at last month's New York Fashion Week, impressed the reality show's panel and many of New York's top fashion writers. "Siriano delivered the final drama with puffy sleeves, belted pirate jackets and several layered organza confections, most notably a cream-and-brown organza puff that, based on the audience's oohs and ahhs, stole the show," Women's Wear Daily wrote.

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