Prabal Gurung and Michelle Obama

Sometimes in this business you get really proud to see the success of your friends around you.  Prabal Gurung is a true talent.   It is no surprise his line is doing so amazingly well. But this week he hit another landmark achievement; dressing Michelle Obama for the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.

I was lucky enough to meet Prabal years ago.  One of his first collections was one of my first campaign shoots I ever did.  It was a beautiful shoot, but so old and we have both grown so much that it is hard to look that far back, but I can still remember the shoot.  We also worked together a couple years later on a mutual friends line, Number: Lab.  And then again, he hired me to shoot for him at Bill Blass.

I watched the dinner on TV and thought Michelle looked stunning.  I had no idea Prabal dressed her until I read about it on the Huffington Post.

Here is an excerpt from the Huffington Post article.

Prabal Gurung was riding in a cab with two friends heading to a party when he found out that First Lady Michelle Obama stepped out to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in a red, draped dress designed by Gurung himself.

“I got a text, and an email, and an email, and then emails and I was like, holy cow,” Gurung told The Huffington Post. “So I called one of my coworkers and I asked him to go online and check and he started screaming.”

Gurung knew Michelle had the gown hanging in her wardrobe but he wasn’t sure when she would wear it.

“I was really hoping [she’d wear it to the dinner],” Gurung confessed. “I made it, and I made it the best way I could and I sent it out to her….Red is my favorite color, and I was thinking about her and she’s worn different kinds of styles. She’s worn strapless. She’s worn bigger skirts. The way this matte jersey is draped and hand stitched–and you haven’t seen the back part of the gown–is incredibly beautiful. When I was doing it, I thought it would perfectly enhance the type of woman she is. It’s modern, not vulgar, very chic, very beautiful.”


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