The Explanation Behind Prabal Gurung's Plastic Cage-Like Runway Show

Prabal Gurung Show
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When you have models, a runway and a new collection, fashion week shows can become slightly formulaic...but not when you're Prabal Gurung! The designer displayed a plastic rectangular prism in the center of his runway where all the models showcased his strong feminine spring/summer 2014 designs before each one made her rounds around the encasement. It was undoubtedly cool, but there was more to it than that. "Basically, it's celebrating the preservation of an elegant woman, which has become a source of inspiration and intrigue for me for the longest time. The idea of preservation came from couture fabrics—to modernize it, to use plastic, to lacquer it," Gurung told "The whole thing started with Bert Stern's picture of Marilyn Monroe's last sitting. She's the idealized woman. There was something so beautiful and so melancholic about (the picture), and I wanted to create that." And that he did, bringing femininity into a modern context through the clothes, jewelry and even shoes. It's true when they say, it's all in the details.

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