The In­spi­ra­tion

The fashion de­signer em­braces art in all its forms for a beau­ti­ful, creative month. By Shar­mita Sum­mugam.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - News - BY PR A BA L GU­RUNG

. . . GET IN­SPIRED? Take in­spi­ra­tion from a work of art or a place you’ve vis­ited. Open a di­a­logue with peo­ple around you about the tan­gi­ble and beau­ti­ful; let cre­ativ­ity come to­gether or­gan­i­cally.

. . . GO FULL CIR­CLE? I re­cently re­turned to Sin­ga­pore to show my Au­tumn/Win­ter ’14 col­lec­tion at the Audi Fashion Fes­ti­val. It felt like a home­com­ing. I was born in Sin­ga­pore and my jour­ney has taken me to many places around the world: Aus­tralia, Lon­don, New York. But Sin­ga­pore is where I started out. It was truly hum­bling and an ex­tremely ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

. . . EM­BODY THE NO­TION “FEM­I­NIN­ITY WITH A BITE” ? Be a woman who ex­udes in­tel­li­gent strength, el­e­gance, and grace – the Pra­bal Gu­rung woman.

. . . DREAM BIG, THINK BIG? Dream the im­pos­si­ble and make it hap­pen. If I weren’t a fashion de­signer, I’d be pres­i­dent of the United States!

. . . DIP INTO THE ARTS? Both per­son­ally, and as a de­signer, I am very in­ter­ested in art. My lat­est col­lec­tion was in­spired by the work of artist Ce­cily Brown. I look to em­body the free­dom of ex­pres­sion so well cap­tured in her work. . . . CEL­E­BRATE HER­ITAGE? It is im­por­tant to con­stantly re­flect on your cul­tural jour­ney. My lat­est col­lec­tion was largely in­spired by the var­i­ous colours and tex­tures of the Hi­malayas and the Mus­tang re­gion in Nepal. . . . STRIP IT ALL OFF? Be­come a blank can­vas and fo­cus on ex­press­ing your­self through a paint­brush, words or pic­tures. . . . EVOLVE WITH THE SEA­SONS? Wel­come ev­ery day as a great new chal­lenge and be­lieve that the con­stant need to im­prove and de­velop is a fun­da­men­tal part of be­ing a de­signer, a person. . . . MERGE FASHION AND ART? The in­ter­ac­tion be­tween fashion and art has def­i­nite cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance. When the two come to­gether, it al­lows for a more di­verse and ex­cit­ing creative di­rec­tion. . . . MED­I­TATE IN THE BIG AP­PLE? In New York, it’s easy to lose fo­cus. The city is con­stantly bustling, evolv­ing, and cre­at­ing. Quiet, med­i­ta­tive moments al­low me to re­flect. I draw from my sur­round­ings, from this in­cred­i­ble city.

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