Famous Asian-American fashion designers Prabal Gurung and Phillip Lim join forces for the first time to create costumes for the new Disney Plus series chinese born american. Gurung and Lim team up with costume designer Joy Cretton to create costumes for Guanyin, played by Michelle Yeoh and Sun Wukong, played by Daniel Wu.
Melvin Mar, an executive producer, said in a Disney press release:
“Prabal and Phillip are both incredibly talented artists who have made their mark in the fashion world, and we are thrilled and honored that they have agreed to join our creative team at ‘American Born Chinese’. We are very proud of this unique series and its thoughtful depiction of the Chinese-American experience, and we continue to seek partnerships with prolific Asian talent in front of and behind the camera.
Gurung was born in Singapore but grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal. He studied at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. After graduating, he went to work as a designer for Cynthia Rowley. He then became design director at Bill Blass before launching his own line called PRABAL GURUNG. He has dressed high profile women such as First Lady Michelle Obama and Mindy Kaling and released a more accessible collection with Target in 2013.
Lim is a first-generation Chinese-American born to parents of Chinese descent. Lim initially attended California State University Long Beach to study finance, but switched to home economics. His part-time job at Barney’s South Coast Plaza would open the door to an internship with Katayone Adeli. Lim will work his way up to a position on the design team. Lim’s first label was called Development and would last for four years. His second label, 3.1 Phillip Lim, produces classic New York-style clothing. Like Gurung, Lim released a Target collection in 2013. He counts Gigi Hadid, Priyanka Chopra and Angelina Jolie among his famous fans.
chinese born american is directed by executive producer and showrunner Kelvin Yu. Destin Daniel Cretton will serve as director and executive producer. The show is based on the Gene Luen Yang graphic novel of the same name. When Jin Wang, played by Ben Wang, befriends a new foreign student at school, he gets more than he bargained for – involvement in a war with Chinese mythological gods. This series is currently in production in Los Angeles.