Prabal Gurung has had a lot to reflect on as we close out this decade. In 10 years of business, he’s championed diversity, women’s rights and artisanal craft — all with an eye toward exuberant fashion — culminating in a spring runway show that was as political as it was beautiful.
Now, as the industry takes steps toward safeguarding the environment — see Stella McCartney’s appointment as sustainability adviser at LVMH; Givenchy’s pre-fall collection — Gurung is considering ways to be more sustainable. “The pre-fall 2020 collection is an exploration of the brand’s DNA, and an excavation of our archives, reimagining staple pieces with a modern lens and an eye toward sustainability,” the designer said in a statement.
He issued signature pieces like the cutout button dress in patchwork strips of off-cut fabric, and utilized recycled taffeta (composed of a polyester made of plastic bottles) to craft beautiful hand-pleated dresses. By repurposing prints and fabrics across various silhouettes (a technicolor floral cut into an easy tank dress and empowering suit; a crinkle palm print into pants and a maxi dress covered with previously unused lace), Gurung reduced his overall fabric use by 50 percent.
But it wasn’t just about reducing material excess. Gurung
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