'Runway' champ decks out 'Eloise'


Christian Siriano, winner of last season's "Project Runway," will design the couture collection that will be showcased in HandMade Films' adaptation of the children's classic "Eloise in Paris."

Oscar-winning costume designer Milena Canonero has come aboard to act as visual consultant on the movie, which is being directed by Charles Shyer.

"Eloise" is one of a series of books written in the 1950s by Kay Thompson (and illustrated by Hilary Knight) that tells the story of a young girl's adventures in New York and beyond.

Siriano's designs will grace the culminating scene of the film, when Eloise (Jordana Beatty) and Nanny (Uma Thurman) attend the show of their friend and fashion designer, Andre la Frenais, during Paris Fashion Week.

Canonero won Oscars for her work on "Barry Lyndon," "Chariots of Fire" and "Marie Antoinette."

"Eloise" is scheduled to begin principal photography Sept. 8 in New York, Paris and the south of France.(partialdiff)