Recent CFDA inductee Prabal Gurung might be best known for dressing First Lady Michelle Obama, but as demonstrated by Rye Rye’s edgy music video featuring his designs, Gurung is capable of more than just creating gorgeous gowns for White House events.
Luckily for us, Gurung recently took the time to reveal some of his design inspirations when he spoke with Rolling Stone about his collaboration with the pop diva. Here are some highlights from the interview:
On his motivation for the collaboration:
I wanted to avoid the usual fashion video clichés — girls in angst. I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to just do a music video?’ A video inspired completely by fashion… I’m hoping to help change the dialogue in the industry — that you can present clothing in a way that really gets people as excited as they do about music by experiencing it through music. It’s a new kind of conversation.
On the start of the collaboration:
We were Twitter friends. I’d been enjoying Rye Rye’s music and we’d tweet back and forth. Suddenly it hit me she’d be perfect to fit the bill for the video concept I imagined. I emailed her right away.
On his favorite music:
I love so many types of music. My dad was a guitar player, so I grew up listening to The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, that kind of thing. Then in the Eighties, it was all about Duran Duran, Madonna, and A-Ha for me. I also had a massive Nirvana and Radiohead phase. But I also could listen to MC Hammer. It depends on my mood, what phase I’m in.
On why he doesn’t like bimbos:
I’ve always loved intelligent girls, no matter how they look. To be able to hold a conversation with someone is so important. The moment someone acts dumb, I lose interest. [...] It troubles me that the media celebrate women acting like bimbos on TV — it’s not cute, it’s ridiculous. I call it ‘Paris Hilton Syndrome.’
Watch Rye Rye’s “New Thing” video, featuring Gurung’s Resort 2012 collection here.
[Via Rolling Stone]