Q&A With… Prabal Gurung

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Ahead of his collection’s arrival to Dubai, Prabal Gurung talks exclusively to Savoir Flair about his inspirations, his Nepalese background, and his work ethic.

How did you go about into design?

Growing up in Nepal, I was surrounded by such beautiful fabrics, colors and styles, so I was drawn to fashion since I was quite young.

What was your first ever sketch?

My first sketch was so long ago that I honestly cannot remember. I do recall, however, sketching ever since I was a young boy attending Catholic school.

What was your first fashion memory?

I remember helping my mother out in her store and loving the time that I spent there. I’m sure that was a big influence on my career choice.

After attending Parsons, you worked for Cynthia Rowley. How did that experience shape you as a
designer?

Aside from the invaluable experience with the design team, there was an open position in the production department and I asked Cynthia at the time if I could assume those responsibilities. Without any proper education in production, it definitely took some time to grasp that end of the business, but I learned such an incredible amount.

Which type of women do you base your designs on?

I design for everyday women who appreciate and understand what designs work for their shape and their personality.

Your spring/summer 2011 collection is exclusive to Symphony, The Dubai Mall, in the U.A.E. this season. What single piece is your favorite and are you proudest of?

I love the strapless sand-washed dress with fringe detail. It was hand embroidered and I put a lot of time into it. In particular, I love how it moves.

What is your source of inspiration?

My sources of inspiration are truly endless – the styles seen throughout the streets of New York, art of all kind, old movies, my yearly visits to Nepal.

Who has the biggest influence on your work ethic?

My mother. I know there are moments when she is excited by my accomplishments but she is always asking me what’s next.

You can never go wrong wearing…

Jeans and a white tee.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

A Bollywood actor.

Who is your favorite tweeter?

 There are so many great tweeters out there, from the Dalai Lama to Oprah Winfrey.

What’s the best part of your job?

Being able to do exactly what I love to do is undoubtedly the greatest part of my job. In fact, my job doesn’t even feel like a job to me.

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