In a new series at the 92Y called Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis, Fern invites some of the buzziest new voices in the business — the next-gen designers who are changing the face of fashion.
Fern recently welcomed Prabal Gurung for an inspiring, challenging and provocative conversation about the future of fashion and how Gurung is using his voice — and his production practices — to present femininity with bite, beauty with substance, and a diverse, inclusive world that is stronger in color.
“All of us, in some way or the other, know how it feels to be other-ed. For me, as an immigrant, a queer man of color, my existence and my visibility is something that I have to fight [for] constantly. There are so many people from minority groups that have been fighting for this and their struggles are even more. And women, the fight that they have to do every day. Their decision to do whatever they want to do is up-for-grabs,” he said.
Prabal continued to speak about his experiences growing up in Nepal and entering the fashion industry in New York and how his career has evolved over the years to follow.