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Designer Christian Siriano And His Team Are Making Face Masks For New York Coronavirus Relief

A rep for Siriano told BuzzFeed News he's already put his staff to work. The masks will be made for "hospital personnel" in New York state.

Posted on March 20, 2020, at 3:58 p.m. ET

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Fashion designer Christian Siriano is offering to make free face masks for the coronavirus outbreak relief efforts in New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke of fears there may not be enough for medical workers.

Siriano's reps told BuzzFeed News the two are currently in talks to figure out "how this will work," but the masks will be made specifically for medical service workers.

The deal was struck on Twitter on Friday when the Project Runway star tweeted at the governor, saying if he and the state "need masks [his] team will make some."

"I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help."

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.

Cuomo responded, asking Siriano to follow him back so they can DM about it.

Shortly thereafter, Cuomo tweeted and updated everyone that he would accept Siriano's help.

We're in contact with @CSiriano. Appreciate his help so much. Who's next? Let's do this together, NY!

"Christian has a staff of sewers on salary sitting at home and ready to work," Bianca Bianconi, a publicist for Siriano, told BuzzFeed News in a statement. "They’re starting to make them now, which we will donate and then a plan will be put together as we flesh it out to manufacture them/more."

When asked for more details about the effort, Bianconi was able to confirm that the masks will be made specifically for "hospital personnel."

The whole public exchange and outreach has inspired others — those savvy with sewing and even other designers with their own staff and resources — to consider doing the same.

@CSiriano @NYGovCuomo I was thinking the same thing. I’ve got a small factory that can pump out masks, too. We’re in the east village, small. But could probably make 500 a day

@CSiriano @NYGovCuomo FIT grad here ready and willing to help out. I have a sewing machine at home. Just say the word.

The thoughtful gesture in a time of real need has touched many people not just outside of the state, but even the country.

@CSiriano @NYGovCuomo You’re honestly the best Christian! I’m all the way in Canada, but I’ve admired how you’re always willing to help others that can’t find another way.

Rich Azzopardi, a Cuomo spokesperson, told BuzzFeed News, "We’re working out details [with Siriano], but it’s all hands on deck."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.