Prabal Gurung and Steven Kolb advice fashion students

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Fashion students are always on the hunt for the secrets to success, and earlier this week an audience at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Atlanta campus got to hear Council of Fashion Designers of America CEO Steven Kolb speak to fashion designer Prabal  Gurung about his. The talk was a part of part SCADStyle, a week-long series of conversations on fashion and design.

The pair talked about how Gurung started his namesake label after losing his job as design director at Bill Blass when the company shuttered in 2009. “I didn’t want to ask for money from my parents,” said Gurung, noting that he moved into a smaller apartment during that period. "I just felt I wanted to give it a shot."

Kolb also asked Gurung about his 2013 Target collection, which Gurung described as "luxury with a soul." He explained: "The idea of exclusive luxury, where you’re completely shut down from the rest of the world, I think it’s a little antiquated. What you need to have is an aspirational luxury idea, where people who may not have the resources might feel the connection, might one day want to get there."

The Nepalese-American designer shared what he thinks fashion students should look out for in the real world: "It runs up to paying your dues. Humility. We live in this day and age with a sense of entitlement, which I think could be quite destructive to the industry, but more than that I think what I would really like to see in schools is a thought process about the kind of designer you want to be".