Prabal Gurung Pens Feminist Column

Not content to merely dress strong and powerful women, designer Prabal Gurung is now writing a column for his blog The Journal (which is syndicated on Huffington Post) devoted to "women, power and fashion."
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Not content to merely dress strong and powerful women, designer Prabal Gurung is now writing a column for his blog The Journal (which is syndicated on Huffington Post) devoted to "women, power and fashion."
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Not content to merely dress strong and powerful women, designer Prabal Gurung is now writing a column for his blog The Journal (which is syndicated on Huffington Post) devoted to "women, power and fashion."

In it, Gurung picks apart the outdated notion that women can't be fashionable and taken seriously at the same time.

"There has always been a strange sense of antagonism between fashion and powerful women, a belief that women must sacrifice femininity to gain power, authority and respect--and that fashion especially is too frivolous a concern for serious women. I have never understood this notion, and I wouldn't be doing what I do today if I believed it."

No doubt his views, reflected in his designs, have helped win over clients like Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton.

Each week Gurung will profile one woman he finds inspiring. This week, Gurung celebrates 25 year-old Princeton grad Suleika Jaouad, who was diagnosed, at age 22, with myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia. Instead of "feeling sorry for herself" decided to share her experiences with the world on her blog and in a weekly column for the New York Times.

"Suleika serves as a reminder for all of us to take life day-by-day and to enjoy every moment," writes Gurung. Almost three years since her diagnosis, Jaouad is now cancer-free.

We're predicting similar odes to Middleton, Obama, and Hillary Clinton (speaking of which, Gurung should definitely try to whip up a paintsuit for Clinton's presidential campaign.)

Watch this space.