Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino: two designers I’ve admired and loved for ever – my ultimate. Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties by Steven Watson: Steven is a friend of my family, so when I moved to New York, in 2000, he gave me this book. I settled in the East Village, where Warhol lived – and that’s where I still live. Cecily Brown: a lot of my collections have been influenced by Cecily’s prints. She’s become a muse. The Antiquity of Nepalese Wood Carving by Mary Slusser and Paul Jett: Nepal is where I was born and grew up, and I’m very attached to it. This book is really beautiful and pairs with the Tibetan prayer gong above the Cecily Brown books. The Ranas of Nepal: the Ranas were the rulers of Nepal years ago, when we had a monarchy, and my mum’s side of the family is descended from the Rana family. This book is an incredibly beautiful account of our heritage. What I really love – and this sounds silly – is Romeo and Juliet. I collect copies in different languages and texts. I’m a big romantic at heart.
Gurung’s east village studio