Christian Siriano Sews Face Masks for Coronavirus Crisis

"They will not be pretty."

Another Siriano save!

Responding to potential medical supply shortages in New York State due to the coronavirus crisis, fashion designer and Project Runway mentor Christian Siriano publicly volunteered this week to make face masks to help fight the pandemic. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was quick to take him up on the offer.

“If @NYGovCuomo says we need masks my team will help make some,” Siriano tweeted Friday. “I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help.”

“We’re in contact with @CSiriano,” Cuomo soon responded. “Appreciate his help so much. Who’s next? Let’s do this together, NY!”

Siriano has already shared photos and videos of his staff producing prototypes of the protective masks, which will be used by medical personnel to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I am just in a unique scenario where I manufacture everything in New York already, I have a working atelier and everyone’s working from home, and my office is a townhouse,” Siriano tells Harper’s Bazaar. “We’re just able to make them.”

“We’re just working on logistics now; who will get them first, how many we can physically make,” he adds, encouraging other fashion designers to follow his altruistic lead. “Hopefully, we can make a thousand in a few days. That’s the goal.”

So is this a case of heroism but make it fashion?

“They will not be pretty,” Siriano says. “They are not fashionable in any way. It’s really just a basic white mask that hopefully will help. That’s it.”

With rising cases of COVID-19 in New York City accounting for a third of all cases in the U.S., Mayor Bill de Blasio has called the city “the epicenter of this crisis.”

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