Fashion designer Christian Siriano and his design team want to do their part to help out during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, the Project Runway alum offered to produce face masks to help with reported hospital supply shortages due to the coronavirus.
“If @NYGovCuomo says we need masks my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help,” the 34-year-old fashion pro tweeted at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Friday.
If @NYGovCuomo says we need masks my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help.
— Christian Siriano (@CSiriano) March 20, 2020
Gov. Cuomo said in a subsequent tweet that he’s in touch with Siriano’s team, asking who else can assist with the state’s efforts.
We're in contact with @CSiriano. Appreciate his help so much.
Let's do this together, NY! https://t.co/4B43SKguVO
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 20, 2020
State officials across the country have warned that they are facing a severe shortage of masks and other equipment to help protect health care workers treating patients with the coronavirus.
On Thursday, the British Fashion Council urged designers to “help in the manufacture of essential products including masks.”
“In times of need,” the British nonprofit wrote on Instagram, “the fashion industry can be of service.”
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In times of need, the fashion industry can be of service. To help with shortages, we are working with both the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) who need our help in the manufacture of essential products including masks. If you are able and willing to support with the production of anything non-ventilator related please contact directly [email protected]
Earlier this week, Inditex, the owner of the fashion retailer Zara, announced that it would start creating and providing masks to the Spanish government to help fight the coronavirus. The company said it also planned to use its factories to produce medical gowns.