Recently, Project Runway winner — and purveyor of the word “fierce” — Christian Siriano was commissioned to dress Whoopi Goldberg for her hosting gig at the this year’s Tony Awards (June 15, live on CBS). And being the anxious people that we are, last night on the red carpet for Bravo’s A-List Awards, EW.com asked him to give us a little sneak preview of the ensemble.
“It’s pieces — it’s going to be a jacket, a pant, and a top, and then she’s going to switch it up and the top’s going to turn into kind of a gown,” he said. (EW.com asked for further detail on this mysterious transforming top, but he wouldn’t budge.) “She doesn’t want to change a lot because she’s not a diva. But she does want to be dramatic because it’s the Tonys, so it’s going to be cool.”
The pint-size designer also added that the “pieces” will be made out of organza. “It’s beautiful,” he exclaimed. “It’s made out of lots of blacks and shine, and a little bit of silver. A dark purple color is the only real color I used.”
With all of his flair for drama, Siriano does seem like an obvious choice for this theatrical job, but how in the world do you dress an a celebrity like Whoopi who isn’t, well, all that into looking super glamorous and feminine? “If she’s happy and comfortable and feels fabulous, than who cares?” he explained. “I honestly never care what any press is going to say. I know it’s going to be amazing and dramatic and whatever, and I know she feels the same way. It will be flattering, don’t you worry!”