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Siriano evokes a dream world inspired by ballet

Associated Press Modified: September 8, 2012 at 6:47 pm •  Published: September 8, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of his fashionista fans and even his former "Project Runway" followers may not know this, but Christian Siriano danced ballet when he was younger, as did his sister.

And so, when the designer was seeking inspiration for his latest collection, he found it in ballet, specifically in American Ballet Theatre's production of "The Dream," which evokes a sumptuous fairy-tale world filled with pastel-colored tulle. "I was feeling very romantic," he said in a backstage interview.

Siriano, who won the fourth season of "Project Runway" and has done more with that launching pad than any other winner, thrilled his audience Saturday at his Spring 2013 preview with a series of graceful, delicate and sometimes dramatic designs, in colors like ballet pink, sea foam, mint, ivory, champagne and watercolor (that last color looked exactly like it had been mixed at Monet's easel.)

He saved the most dramatic gesture for the end: There was an audible gasp when not one but three models came out to show the final look, striding three across with one slightly in front, as if in a ballet sequence.

They wore flowing tulle applique dresses, one in watercolor, one in pink, and one in sea foam. "Those three looks came straight from 'The Dream,'" he said backstage, explaining that a friend had brought him to examine the ABT costumes firsthand.

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