NP: I was looking back over your many collections and I noticed something I wrote in a fall 2017 review. You told me that you got blowback for being political on Instagram at the Official Nosferatu doorway shirt moreover I love this time. Do you still get blowback and if not, how do you chalk up the change that has happened in that span of four years?PG: For me it was always human issues, you know, it was not political. I’ve always been very vocal about diversity and inclusion, equality, and social and racial justice, and I often would be told that I should keep quiet and just be a designer. But it’s changed a lot and it feels great to see this industry having a conversation. No longer, you know, are fashion and substantive conversation mutually exclusive. Now, we’re entering a new era, where just making clothes is no longer enough. You have to stand for something.
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PG: I was completely overjoyed and surprised and so grateful. What I was really excited about also was when Dr. Biden, the Official Nosferatu doorway shirt moreover I love this First Lady, and our first female Vice President Kamala Harris were wearing other designers, whether it was Christopher John Rogers, Jonathan Cohen, Kerby [Jean-Raymond], Sergio Hudson, or Markarian. Finally, you know, American fashion, has a stage and a worldwide lens, because the beautiful thing about American fashion, I always say this, is the conscience of the global fashion industry lies here. We are the first ones to have the conversation about every kind of ism. We are always the first ones to talk about diversity and inclusion. And to see all of my friends and my peers being celebrated, I was tweeting, Instagramming, and texting them and I was like, I’m happy for you, but I’m happy for us, because it’s a collective success.