OK! Exclusive: Project Runway Winner Christian Siriano


Mar. 6 2008, Published 2:53 p.m. ET

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Last night Christian Siriano beat out finalists Jillian Lewis and Rami Kashou to become the youngest winner of Project Runway. In an exclusive interview with OK!, the spiky-haired 22-year-old talks about what it was like to win, and his plans for the future.

Though he was seemed cocky and confident throughout the series, Christian’s nerves got the best of him during the finale. “I was just competing with really amazing designers. I mean, Jillian and Rami are really amazing designers. They are so talented, it was scary. I didn’t know what the judges would want, it was scary, but it worked out.”

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On last night’s finale, Christian received a big boost from special guest judge Victoria Beckham, who loved the designer’s dramatic flair. “I’m going to hopefully meet with Victoria next week, so that will be great.” Another Christian fave? “Cate Blanchett. I think she takes a little risk with her fashion. It’s Europeon inspired, and she wears a lot of Alexander McQueen and I interned there, I just think she’s fabulous. And Sarah Jessica Parker too.”


What’s next for the young designer? First he’s going to take some of his PR prize money and buy a bed. “Yes, that’s the first purchase, let me tell you. When that check comes in the mail, it’s like ‘cha-ching.’ Yes, deposit that check, and clicky-click that bed, I mean that.”

In the meantime he’s been keeping busy with charity events. “I did a benefit for my high school, raised $50,000, that was great.” First and foremost, though, “ I want to work on my own line for next season, that’s like a really big goal for me. I have a lot of things going on. I don’t want to jinx anything.”


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