Christian Siriano Is Making Masks for Medical Professionals Treating Coronavirus Patients
Christian Siriano is one of the most beloved fashion designers of our time thanks in part to his incredible artistic vision and inspirational inclusivity. And now, the former Project Runway winner is gaining even more admiration for the promise he made to New York to help ensure medical professionals have the personal protective equipment they need to aid the growing number of people being tested and treated for COVID-19.
On Friday, March 20, Siriano tweeted, “If @NYGovCuomo says we need masks my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help.” Immediately, people responded with gratitude and respect, praising Siriano for not only maintaining a staff when so many companies haven’t been able to avoid layoffs but also for his willingness to repurpose his team’s skills and supplies to provide something so desperately needed by the medical community.
But the most important response was arguably from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo himself, who, after replying a half-hour later that he wanted to connect, quote-tweeted Siriano’s initial offer and wrote, “We’re in contact with @CSiriano. Appreciate his help so much. Who’s next? Let’s do this together, NY!”
It turns out plenty of designers and sewers are ready to be the next to help. Designer Pamela Barsky replied, “I was thinking the same thing. I’ve got a small factory that can pump out masks, too. We’re in the east village, small. But could probably make 500 a day,” while apron makers Hedley & Bennett wrote, “I second that @csiriano! @hedleyandbennett can help make face masks, gowns, etc in our 16,000 sq ft factory in LA @NYGovCuomo! We have a full sewing team ready to help and are in this together!”
Siriano has since tweeted out more details, including a video of someone wearing the kind of mask his team will be making. He also shared a photo of a mask in a plastic zip-top bag, writing, “Prototypes are happening more updates by next week.”
With help from the fashion industry like Siriano’s and a slew of beauty brands converting their fragrance and skin-care factories into production sites for much-needed hand sanitizer, it just goes to show how people can come together and get creative to make a truly significant difference during such unprecedented times of need.
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