Wednesday, 14 May 2014 11:30 | By Zhang Weifang and Christie Yeo

5 questions with Prabal Gurung

5 questions with Prabal Gurung

SINGAPORE — Within five years of the launch of Prabal Gurung’s eponymous collection at New York Fashion Week, his designs have been donned by Michelle Obama and The Duchess Of Cambridge as well as Hollywood stars like Scarlett Johansson and Lady Gaga.

“When we first launched, I could only dream that I would some day be able to dress women who hold such importance in our society. Dressing First Lady Michelle Obama for the first time was certainly one of the most memorable moments. What she represents to our nation and beyond resonates a lot with me — strength, beauty and intellect,” said the Nepalese-American fashion designer.

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung would like to dress Angelina Jolie and Zhang Ziyi.

He also mentioned artistes such as Angelina Jolie, Fan Bingbing and Zhang Ziyi as other women he would love to see in his creations because their “strength and resilience strongly resonate with the brand’s ideals”, which are inspired by “the intelligent, cultured, beautiful and substantive woman who is curious about the world around her”. Gurung believes such qualities should be nurtured from a young age, adding that the female youth should “carry themselves with substance and aspire to loftier goals based on knowledge, rather than notoriety”. This is who he feels the Prabal Gurung woman is.

Fresh from attending the Metropolitan Museum Of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit with Hailee Steinfeld as his arm candy, the Singapore-born designer is ecstatic about his return here. “I haven’t been back for some time, and as I was born there, it will be very interesting to see how the country has developed and changed.

“Aside from the thrill of being able to showcase my designs to a new area of the world, I’m most excited about the people I will meet and the things I’ll see. For me the best part of travelling is being able to immerse yourself in the culture of your surroundings and take home experiences that are unique to that part of the world.”

Prabal Gurung, Hailee Steinfeld

Prabal Gurung with Hailee Steinfeld at the Met Gala Photo: Reuters


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