Fashion designers have found a valuable way to contribute in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Project Runway‘s Christian Siriano and Brandon Maxwell pledged to use their skills and resources to create much-needed supplies for healthcare workers, like face masks and gowns. Christian first used Twitter to offer his team’s assistance to New York, after Governor Andrew Cuomo expressed a concern over a shortage of essential protective equipment.
“If @NYGovCuomo says we need masks my team will help make some,” Christian tweeted. “I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help.” He also filmed a video of the mask design process, and posted it on Instagram. Gov. Cuomo’s team responded with appreciation for Christian’s contribution and asked, “Who’s next?”
Well, shortly after, Brandon shared a message of his own and confirmed his team have started to make medical gowns. “In response to the global crisis, we are now focusing our creative efforts on manufacturing PPE (personal protective equipment), starting with gowns,” he wrote. “We have spent the last week researching the appropriate medical textiles to create these gowns and are proud to provide these much needed items to the doctors and nurses on the front lines of this crisis.”