Stern’s Marilyn Inspires Prabal Gurung

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Designer Prabal Gurung, whose latest collection has been unveiled at New York Fashion Week, was inspired by Bert Stern’s photographs to create a ‘futuristic Marilyn’, according to¬†AFP.

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The resemblance is not that obvious, although I noticed vague comparisons in the black/white block prints, icy pastel shades, and the applique roses, similar to those which Stern later super-imposed onto some pictures. (And it goes without saying that the models don’t have Marilyn’s curves.)

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However, it must be acknowledged that Gurung has created something new from what went before, rather than merely reproducing the past.

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“Singapore-born Gurung — whose creations have been worn by Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey — went to extremes to ‘preserve an elegant woman who is more and more rare.’

Gurung’s dresses and skirts fell mid-calf, some elegantly off-shoulder, in pastel pink, lavender, canary yellow, green or bold prints. Lips were bright pink and tangerine while hair was slicked back.

Describing his collection as ‘femininity with a bite’ the designer — who launched his eponymous brand in 2009 — said he pushed into the future using unusual fabric choices.

Gurung told AFP his collection was ‘an ode to all the women I love and women in general.’

He said he was inspired by actress Marilyn Monroe from Bert Stern’s The Last Sitting photoshoot…and wanted to recreate ‘that melancholic feel.'”

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