Elevator doors open directly into fashion designer Christian Siriano’s Manhattan studio. Visitors are greeted by chic artwork, animal print rugs and Siriano’s name in gold-plated letters. Off to the left, pink and white gowns of fluffy tulle peek out from behind a wall. That’s where I sat with Siriano in early September as he was in the midst of preparing for his Sept. 10 New York Fashion Week show. The show was a culmination of a whirlwind year for the 30-year-old designer.

Maryland native Siriano, who studied under Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, launched his first collection in 2008. In 2016 alone, Siriano dressed first lady Michelle Obama, launched a bridal line and got married, among other things. When he’s not busy dressing megastars and icons, Siriano and his new husband, music producer and singer Brad Walsh, retreat to their country home in Danbury, where they wed in July.

Why did you buy a house in Danbury, and how often do you go there?

A big part of it was the commute to the city. You really get the best of both worlds: a quick commute to the city, but it still felt rural enough. It kind of felt country; the drive up to my house is farmy and I love that feeling, but you can still go to real stores. You’re off the grid, but you drive 20 minutes and you’re at the mall. Also, I fell in love with the house. We looked in Brewster (N.Y.), Pawling (N.Y.) and Bethel; we just looked at eight houses. I didn’t really even explore the area first. I just loved the house and the neighbors. We’ve been there for three years. I go as many weekends as I can, and during the holiday season we try and spend Thanksgiving and Christmas there. I wish I could go more. Both of our families will try and come visit. We try and fill the house every weekend with friends.

Any local places you love?

There’s one place in Bethel, La Zingara, that we love. We love going to Las Mananitas (in Brewster). It’s a huge Mexican restaurant — one of the best places I’ve ever been. It’s so fun. Red Rooster (in Brewster) has the best burgers. We also love Elmer’s Diner (in Danbury). We cook a lot at home, though.

Tell us about your wedding at the house.

I throw so many events during the year that I just didn’t want to rent out a venue or anything; it was more intimate. I transformed it into a magical white space; I did it pretty much myself. The florist we used lives one town over. I love that I got to use local everything, all from Connecticut vendors. Every bridesmaid wore custom (Siriano) dresses, which was exciting. It was an all-white wedding. Basically, all our bridesmaids looked like brides and we were in black. The photos looked amazing.

Lots of celebrities like Alicia Silverstone, Christina Hendricks and Kelly Osbourne came to the wedding. How did you sneak them into town with no one knowing?

I was pretty good at keeping it casual. No one knew.

Lydia Hearst just wore a dress of yours for her wedding. Tell us about that.

We’ve been friends for a long time. She said, “Will you make my pretty dress?” She wanted something totally different; it’s an ombre tulle pink gown. It was nice to do a different kind of wedding gown, but it was hard to make it feel beautiful and romantic and not forced. She had one fitting; it fit and we were good to go. It was fun because Lydia came to my wedding and then I went to hers.

You have a bridal collection with Kleinfeld’s. How did you decide to do bridal?

I’ve always done custom wedding dresses, but this is the first collection. Bridal is more fantasy and you can do different things you would never do in a normal collection. I like to do a mix of modern brides and fantasy brides.

Any plans to start a family, and would you do so in Danbury?

We have dogs and we love dogs. Not in the near near future, but one day. But I do have a secret dream of opening a B&B in Danbury or somewhere close. I could just be over fashion and that will be my new project.

Dressing Michelle Obama for the Democratic National Convention was a big moment. Her speech was huge. How did that feel?

It was such a great moment. It’s an honor to be asked. We made dresses, hoped it worked and that was it. You don’t really know until she walks out, so you hope for the best. I’m pretty good about not getting nervous. I pretend like it’s not really happening. If you get so amped up for it and something goes wrong, it’s depressing. She wore a (Siriano) dress a few weeks before that (for a memorial service honoring slain Dallas officers in the July shooting). (The Obamas’ time in the White House) is coming to an end, so it’s nice to be a part of the history they will leave.

What’s it like to mix fashion and politics?

I hoped especially to dress Michelle because she’s such a great person. Politics are tough; you have to find a balance because the clothes can’t overshadow the reason why they’re there. I chose blue because it was for the DNC, and that color was in my collection, so it worked.

There was a lot of talk surrounding your dressing comedian Leslie Jones for the “Ghostbusters” premier. She had a hard time finding a designer to make her a dress. Why do you think that was, and what made you raise your hand?

There is such an interesting process to get clothes for red carpet. Maybe other people didn’t offer the custom option. Not every brand can do that. She looked amazing; she had her “Pretty Woman” moment. She was so fun to dress. I didn’t think about volunteering very much; I just thought, “I’m around if you need something.” I’m a huge “SNL” fan and have dressed some of the other women. It’s fun for me when I can make clothes for people that I like.

You’ve said you want to dress women of all sizes and ages and you have a plus-size line with Lane Bryant. Tell us about that.

I think some designers would have a harder time dressing every type of woman. I just never think about it that way. We don’t think we have to dress all types of people, we just do. I grew up with a mom who was size 14/16 and a sister who was size 0. I live in a world where women are all different sizes. Lane Bryant wanted me to be their next designer, and I was so excited to do it. It was a great process; I hope I get to do more. The next collection launches in September. I love them and what they stand for.

Do you feel the fashion industry excludes some women?

Now, there are way more things available and every brand is starting to branch out into (the plus size) world. I think people are more public now; social media has changed the world. I love watching the red carpet and seeing every kind of woman. It’s so much cooler to see people when they look different.

What other celebs have you loved working with?

There are so many. I love Christina Hendricks, Oprah, (Lady) Gaga, Alicia Silverstone, Juliette Lewis.

This has been a huge year for you. What are your other top accomplishments?

The bag collection, which is cool because they are all vegan non-leather. They are really chic, amazing bags and they are not harming (animals), but they look like leather and feel like leather. We are donating back to Wild Aid, which helps prevent elephant poaching. And I just love doing accessories.

What’s planned for 2017?

Opening a new store in NYC.

Tell us about the collection you designed for New York Fashion Week.

It’s about this traveler who is having the most fabulous vacation she can have in Capri. It’s inspired by Jackie O and her vacation spots. After (the press around) Leslie (Jones) and Michelle (Obama), we will have a lot of different women on the runway — a variety of sized models.

What trends are you seeing that you love, and what are some you are not on board with?

I don’t focus too much on the trend world, but I’m not into underdressing. I’d rather be overdressed than underdressed. I’m also not big on cutout, sexy, mesh beading. I love glamour. Vintage Hollywood can never go wrong.

What’s the worst fashion mistake you see in the suburbs/Danbury?

(Chuckles) At the end of the day, it is very suburban, but that’s OK. I actually like it. I like the balance of leaving NYC and seeing what people wear day to day. It doesn’t bother me too much. I like the casual feeling on the weekends.

Does seeing what average women wear help you in your work?

Yes, you have to travel. We go to cities around the U.S. It helps being in Connecticut, seeing what women are really wearing. Otherwise you are in a bubble that doesn’t really exist. You have to be able to dress anyone; that’s the point.

What’s your overall design philosophy?

We just want to make beautiful clothes for women around the world to live their lives in. We celebrate what you do in your world. Be your most beautiful self in those moments — any stage of your life. We’re here to celebrate it.