Designer Christian Siriano and his team are sewing face masks for medical workers and others on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 after the Project Runway alum made a public offer via Instagram and Twitter. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took Siriano up on his offer and asked who else was willing to jump in to help quell the shortage of essential medical supplies.
Siriano tweeted the offer to Cuomo on Friday.
The offer came as Cuomo put out a call for protective gear due to a severe shortage of in the face of the pandemic.
Following Siriano's offer, Cuomo tweeted a thank-you and asked the designer to DM his team for details. Before long, Siriano had tweeted a possible prototype of a face mask.
The gear, known as N95 face masks, are intended to protect the wearer from airborne particles and liquid, according to ABC News.
The United States currently has approximately 13 million N95 masks in stock, but the federal government has determined that the country may need up to a billion over the next six months, ABC News reports.
Siriano's offer to do his part during the crisis inspired others to offer their services.
working on some for the hospitals in #Wyoming. Thanks for the inspiration.
— K Hagemeier Jensen (@librarian_AntK) March 20, 2020
I second that @csiriano! @hedleyandbennett can help make face masks, gowns, etc in our 16,000 sq ft factory in LA @NYGovCuomo! We have a full sewing team ready to help and are in this together! Please tag anyone who can get us in touch with their team and spread this message!
— Hedley & Bennett (@hedleybennett) March 20, 2020
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
— Pamela Barsky (@pamelabarsky) March 20, 2020
FIT grad here ready and willing to help out. I have a sewing machine at home. Just say the word.
— Sabi Bo (@iamsabibo) March 20, 2020