10 Questions for Prabal Gurung

Fashion's new phenom Prabal Gurung on American couture, Paul Ryan's ill-fitting shirts and obeying Oprah

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Ten Questions with Prabal Gurung

You have one of the most highly anticipated shows at New York Fashion Week. Why should the rest of the country care?

It's a billion-dollar industry that affects the country economically, socially and culturally. I make 98% of my collection in New York City and am generating jobs, so fashion isn't just frivolous for me. I understand levity about it. I also understand the depth of it.

What makes one of your $3,000 gowns worth it?

It starts with the fabric, which comes from Paris or Italy and is produced from an old loom--so it's protecting that heritage. It's also my...

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