Renowned Asian American fashion designers Prabal Gurung and Phillip Lim are collaborating professionally for the first time in Disney Plus’ upcoming adaptation of
The collaboration, which was first reported by Deadline, will see the pair work on culturally significant costumes for characters from Chinese mythology and classic literature. Gurung and Lim will work with costume designer Joy Cretton, who has worked on projects such as “The 5th Quarter,” “Mr. Mom,” “Murdered by Morning” and “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the 10 Rings.” “To say I am stoked about this project is an understatement,” Gurung wrote in an Instagram post.
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Gurung and Lim have both cemented themselves as prominent Asian American fashion designers, each winning prestigious awards and scoring high-profile clients. They also happen to be good friends, as per Gurung’s post.
“Prabal and Phillip are both incredibly talented artists who have made their mark in the fashion world, and we are delighted and honored that they were willing to join our creative team at ‘American Born Chinese,’” executive producer Melvin Mar told Deadline. “We are very proud of this unique series and its thoughtful portrayal of the Chinese-American experience, and we continue to seek partnerships with prolific Asian-American talent both in front of and behind the camera.”
Based on Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel of the same name, “American Born Chinese” follows a high school student who makes a new friend and together find themselves caught in a war between gods of Chinese mythology. The series stars Ben Wang as Jin Wang, Jim Liu as Wei-Chen, Michelle Yeoh as Guanyin, Daniel Wu as Sun Wukong, Yeo Yann Yann as Christine Wang, Chin Han as Simon Wang, Ke Huy Quan as Freddy Wong and Sydney Taylor as Amelia. The upcoming series is directed by “Shang-Chi” helm Destin Daniel Cretton. It is written by Kelvin Yu (“Bob’s Burgers”) and his brother, Charles Yu (“Westworld”), who also serve as executive producers.
Other executive producers include Jake Kasdan (“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.”), Asher Goldstein (Just Mercy), Erin O’Malley (“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.”) and Gene Luen Yang. Kelvin Yu is also the showrunner.