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Designer Prabal Gurung: Amanda Seyfried Inspires Me

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When Prabal Gurung set out to make beautiful, well-made clothes seven seasons ago, he never imagined he’d garner attention from the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker and Amanda Seyfried. “There are so many options out there, and for [SJP] to choose mine, it’s incredible,” he told at a celebration of the New York Times‘s “50 Photographs” collection in Manhattan on Wednesday.

And while early Prabal adopters included Zoe Saldana and Demi Moore, it’s Hollywood’s continued support that leaves the designer humbled. “I really feel grateful and amazed,” he gushed. “I hope that in 20 or 30 years, I still feel as excited about it. Not just [Parker], but with any girl who chooses my clothes.”

As for Amanda Seyfried, the ‘It’ girl became a convert after seeing the designer’s spring 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week — even plucking a look off the runway for the L.A. premiere of In Time. “I love seeing how the girls personalize a runway look and really make it their own,” he tells PEOPLE of Seyfried, who added a belt and patent Mary Janes to his Rorschach-like frock (far right) recently. “It’s not hard for Amanda to light up a carpet, but the way she looked at the In Time premiere was flawless. Those are the kinds of moments that inspire a designer.”

Justine Harman