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August 21 2014

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Prabal Gurung Draws A Crowd

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With characteristic modesty, Prabal Gurung insisted he didn’t understand why anyone would possibly want to sit and hear him speak for over an hour. Try telling that to the sold-out crowd at FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheatre last night. They came en masse to hear the CFDA-nominated designer hold forth as part of the school’s Fashion Conversations series, which will host Rodarte’s Mulleavy sisters and André Leon Talley next month. It’s been a big few months for the designer—the award nod, more celebrity love for his designs, his first weeks in the CFDA’s Fashion Incubator studio space on West 38th Street—but you wouldn’t know it from his unpretentious, supportive remarks. Asked to give advice to the budding designers in the audience, Gurung said, “The best advice I could give to anyone wanting to be a designer would be: patience, patience, patience. It’s OK to wait, it’s OK to learn. And if you’re willing to work hard, this industry will respond, believe me.” We caught up with Gurung before the talk to chat about his recent trip to his homeland, Nepal. “The First Lady wearing one of my dresses was quite an event,” he said. “You know, to me, it’s just a dress, but when I went home I realized it was so much bigger than that. Being stopped on the street by people thanking me for being a positive representative of Nepal—it was overwhelming.”

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  1. asmy says:

    wow
    so good n proud of u.
    we feeling so honoured coz of u n ur talent , work , creativity n patience
    bye n always smile :) ok

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