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Christian Siriano talks dressing Janelle Monáe

Christian Siriano has dressed every major celebrity from Cardi B to Oprah, but he and Janelle Monáe create a perfect duet.

“I love her. She’s the best,” Siriano told Page Six Style at the launch party for Monáe’s limited-edition bottle of “A Beautiful Future” Belvedere Vodka at The Shed on Monday night. “She’s a creator, she’s a visionary, and when we work on something together, it’s kind of a collaboration.”

The 33-year-old fashion designer explained that even Monáe’s iconic 2019 Met Gala look was a team effort.


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“I sent that sketch to Janelle and she was like, ‘This is it. This is major. I need the eye to blink,’ and that was it,” he recalled. “You have to sometimes just go with it, which is why it’s a great collaboration.”

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When asked what happens when the two have creative differences, Siriano told us, “Usually if you disagree, she doesn’t wear it so that’s pretty easy, but for the most part I would say every time I’ve dressed her it’s been like, this is the look, this is what it is, and it works. We’ve had a lot of really great moments.”

The “Project Runway” winner also took a moment to give some style tips for Pride month.

“I think what’s great about Pride is … it’s one of those times that people really embrace themselves,” he told us. “You get to be whoever you want to be, even if you have a 9-5 office job, or whatever it is. I like that you can wear what you want to wear.”

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He continued, “It’s like, the young generation of kids that are afraid to be themselves are like, ‘No, I’m this person. I want to wear a dress. I want to wear a tutu.’ Whatever they want to wear. So I’m kind of into that as my style guide.”

Siriano also dished on a few little designs he’s been working on for Pride weekend, saying that they are “very rainbow themes and very, you know, gay and fun.”

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At the starry vodka bash, attendees enjoyed special Belvedere cocktails and danced to music spun by DJ Vashtie.

Spotted in the VIP section were “Orange Is The New Black” actress Dascha Polanco twerking with pals, former NBA star Chris Bosh schmoozing with wife Adrienne and “Younger” actor Nico Tortorella rocking spiky sandals and a man bun.