The FLARE Questionnaire: Prabal Gurung

The New York-based fashion designer dishes on yearbook photos, sweatpants and the one thing he wishes he could live without


Having dressed the likes of Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Kate Middleton and Michelle Obama, New York-based designer Prabal Gurung has established himself as the go-to name for both red carpet royalty and actual royalty alike. And in a fashion era where casual reigns and sneakers have become the epitome of couture, Gurung continues to make a name for himself creating the kind of dresses modern women want to wear. In Toronto for a trunk show and store visit at The Room, Gurung sat down with FLARE to dish on yearbook photos, sweatpants and the one thing he wishes he could live without.

Who do you admire most and why? My mother, she’s the epitome of grace under pressure.

How would you describe your default mood? Optimistic

When you look at your high school yearbook photo what’s the first word that comes to mind? Challenging! But I made it through.

How would you fritter away a lazy Sunday? Quietly, by myself, either reading or listening to music.

What is your greatest extravagance? Buying gifts for my niece and nephew.

What phrase do you most over use? I use ‘I feel’ a lot.

Salty or sweet? Salty

Cat or dog? Dog

What’s the one food you absolutely refuse to eat? I don’t like pasta with cream sauce. It’s just so bland looking. When it comes to eating I need all my senses involved: smell, presentation, taste, environment… I’m very much like that and the visual just turns me off.

What part of your day do you dread the most? Night. Right before I go to bed. Maybe I’m crazy but I really have a difficult time sleeping. If I could choose one thing to be able to survive without doing, it would be sleep.

Fashion trend you wish would disappear? Oh my god, there are so many! I would say sweatpants, which are the bane of my existence. It is one of my biggest pet peeves. I understand comfort, because I wear jeans and a t-shirt too, but there’s a way of wearing it, you know? And, of course, Uggs! Anything lazy, because dressing up is not just for you. It’s you telling the world what you think about yourself. How you present yourself is a clear indication of how you are as a person.

If you had to change jobs tomorrow, what would you do? Nothing related to being out there. No media, no actor-ing, no nothing. Maybe doing some research somewhere…

What do you consider to be most sacred in life? Integrity

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned this past year? Patience

If you overheard someone talking about you, what do you hope they’d say? “That is a good person.” That’s very important to me. Even more important than, “that is a good designer.”

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