Prabal Gurung-designed tees are hit among Clinton supporters
October 5, 2016 09:49 AM NPT
Prabal Gurung, flanked by models, on the runway at a Clinton fund-raiser in New York last month. The group was wearing the designer’s T-shirt, a sold-out item in the candidate’s ‘Made for History’ online shop. (Reuters)
Powerful women have worn the dresses designed by Prabal Gurung, the 37-year-old American fashion designer of Nepali origin. The list includes US first lady Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton among others.
And now, the New York based designer has amped his designing talents to support US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
It isn’t that Clinton would be seen putting on a Prabal Gurung designed pantsuit anytime soon. But Gurung’s pro-Clinton t-shirts have sold out quite well among her supporters.
Gurung’s $45 a piece crimson t-shirts with floral print have gone out of stock within days they were made available on Clinton campaign’s online store. The store sells Clinton’s election merchandise from apparels, buttons to accessories and home-wares.
Couple of months back, Gurung and other international designers like Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg had contributed their t-shirt designs for Clinton’s ‘Made for History’ t-shirt collection to fundraise for Clinton’s ongoing presidential campaign.
Prabal Gurung with Hillary Clinton. (Photo Courtesy: Prabal Gurung’s Instagram)
“A lot of us believe she is the most qualified one in the race. But also her beliefs and her values resonate with us,” Gurung said in a recent interview given to US business magazine ‘Fast Company’.
The designers also paraded their cotton t-shirt designs at the start of New York Fashion Week last month in a Hillary Clinton fundraiser event. The event was made possible by Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of US fashion magazine ‘Vogue’. Wintour, often dubbed as one of the most powerful people in fashion, has been an active campaigner for the Democratic Party since 2000 and at present, she’s seeking fund for Clinton’s campaign with the help of her friends in the fashion and entertainment world.
Gurung, who got his US citizenship only a year and a half ago, is preparing to cast his first ever presidential vote. He said that as an immigrant minority he is more inclined towards Clinton’s ideology than her opponent’s. “…her opponent happens to be someone who is against what my reality is. I am a minority. I am an immigrant. He is against everything that I stand for. He’s against everything that I am. Electing him would send the message that we, as a society, are okay with the world shifting in that direction. I decided that if I want change, I need to be a change agent. I need to go and vote. I need to be able to talk about it,” Gurung was quoted in the interview.