Designer Prabal Gurung Apologises to Plus Size Women

Top American designer Prabal Gurung moved to the US from Nepal 16 years ago and worked with Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass before launching his own label that has been embraced by First Lady Michelle Obama. He recently wrote an emotional apology to plus-size women for the way they are treated by the fashion industry. “We have spent countless years understanding, admiring, and appreciating some of the women in our world,” Gurung wrote. “It is now time to get to know and respect the rest.”


“As someone who was always seen as ‘different,’ I am well acquainted with the feeling that my needs were not mainstream enough to be met by society,” Gurung wrote on the website Lenny. “I know what it feels like to be slighted, and I’m embarrassed that we as an industry have overlooked hundreds of millions of women.”

“Our industry was being lauded for supposedly coming such a long way – our runways are more racially diverse than ever and have begun to habitually feature models who are transgender or gender-fluid,”Gurung wrote. “A woman from the audience raised the question of size, or rather the apparent lack of size diversity, pointing to a major hole in our industry. Our panel gave a dismissive ‘We’ll eventually get to you …’ response, then moved on, as though the strides we had already made by being diverse in other ways made it OK to ignore the majority of American women.”

A plus-size apology
Prabal Gurung wants plus-size women to be a part of fashion. Image: Getty

Prabal Gurung, spring/summer ’17, New York Fashion Week. Image: Getty

In a step forward Gurung will work with US plus-size retailer Lane Bryant on an exclusive collection to be launched in March.

“Prabal is a master at mixing materials, fabrics and textures — he pulls it off in such a way that each piece becomes its own artistic statement,” said Lane Bryant chief executive Linda Heasley. “His ingenuity at mixing sporty ease with unabashed glamour has made his label a huge success. We are delighted to welcome him to Lane Bryant and offer his innovative fashions, spirit, and unique styles to the Lane Bryant customer.”

Gurung follows in the footsteps of Project Runway contestant Christian Siriano, Sophie Theallet and Isabel Toledo.


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One thought on “Designer Prabal Gurung Apologises to Plus Size Women

  • October 20, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    About time! I look forward to the day these major brands will be present in Africa. We are another minority amidst the largely ignored global plus size market. Well done Prabal!


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