Transcript for Christian Siriano shares what inspired him to support the medical community
We have more people stepping up each and every day to help however they can. One of them is celebrity fashion designer Christian Siriano known for his amazing red carpet creations. Indeed. He's about to talk with us in a few moments live, but first, let's take a look at how the fabulous designer is taking his talents to help the medical community. Reporter: Christian Siriano is open for business. The manhattan-based designer and his team getting to work while social distancing. Sewing hundreds of masks a day for health care workers and first responders. We need those masks, those gowns, gloves and we need them now. Reporter: This after New York governor Andrew Cuomo made the urgent plea last week for medical gear. Siriano, one of the first to jump into action tweeting that he has, quote, a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help. Cuomo responding, appreciate this help so much. Who's next? Let's do this together, new York. Siriano honoring his offer to help as many as he can. Now Christian Siriano joins us live from his New York studio along with his amazing people. We thank you for getting up and showing us what you are doing. What made you get motivated to get to work on these masks? Um, I just felt like it was kind of, like, well, what can we do? We have an office, but we can't really do everything from home. We were, like, how can we help in some way? We make clothes every day, so we can make masks every day. It was really a simple thing, and I just felt like it was a really important time because I felt like it was so needed not just in New York, but everywhere. So I felt like how can we help a little bit? How far along are you guys? We are -- we have made almost 1,000 in the last three days which is amazing. We actually got approved by the governor to work. So our studio is kind of somewhat back up and running. We have a lot of precautions and it's a lot of work. There are a lot of rules we have to really regulate, and I think that's why, you know, it's in such need just because it wasn't being done here, and it's kind of wild that it wasn't. It's great to see that. What do your friends inspired think of them? My best friend works for new York presbyterian. Her husband works. I was, like, can you wear these, try them? See if they work. I think the masks we are making is actually an upgrade from what they even have. It's washable, bleachable. That was really important that you could re-wear it, and they wear it every day, and I'm loving it and I think that -- if we can help -- even if we help a hundred people, that's more people than nothing. A lot of people sent you messages online saying they want to make masks as well, but it's not that easy. You're talking about the precautions your team has to make. What are the precautions you have to make to be able to make these masks? Yeah. I mean, it's so many things. You can't just, like, up and start making masks. You really have to make sure they're protected. Even the fabric alone needs to be tested, protected. My whole team is -- we practice all the same things. We take everyone's temperature every morning. I mean, it's quite a process, but it really is about testing the actual, like, piece itself. I mean, we have so many, but it's about -- if this is not going to meet any fda or CDC regulations, you can't send it your friends can wear them, but I wouldn't want anyone in the medical field wearing them. They're to protect everyone. Thank you so much for what you do. Thank you for coming on and talking with us. Keep up the great work. What a great inspiration to us all.
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