The fashion designer Prabal Gurung has had a busy few weeks. He put the finishing touches on the hand-embroidered silk organza dress that he made for his niece for her wedding in Nepal (it features 500,000 beads), he’s been working on his pre-fall and fall 2020 collections in his New York studio and he recently returned from Los Angeles, where he hosted a dinner in celebration of his new coffee-table book, out this week from Abrams. The book, which includes an interview between Gurung and T’s editor in chief, Hanya Yanagihara, is a sweeping survey of the designer’s first decade in fashion. It follows Gurung from his decision to start his namesake brand in 2009, at the height of the recession, to the first time he dressed Michelle Obama — for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2010 — to the work he has done for his Shikshya Foundation Nepal (a nonprofit that focuses on providing education to Nepalese children in need) and to the many red carpet moments he has created in between. “It truly feels like it’s happened to someone else,” Gurung says now, reflecting on his career. “I did have a dream, and I wanted to do this for a period of time. But I have so much more that I want to do. I’m really not sitting at a place where I’m like, ‘Oh, I made it.’” We sent the designer an instant camera and asked him to share a glimpse into his world. Above, his visual diary.
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