New York: There were plenty of crowns and sashes in the standing room only crowd Saturday, February 11, at New York Fashion Week and there was plenty of glamor as well sitting along the runway. Such a reception was not new to designer Mac Duggal as he runs the most sought after pageant and prom dress lines in the US. Surprisingly, this unprecedented turnout was Mac Duggals first showing at New York Fashion Week. The spotlight for the evening was shining on Mac Duggal, who is the go-to designer for all fans looking for glamorous, gorgeous gowns with bling and an eye popping wow factor.
In addition to the expected gowns with lots of shimmer and bejeweled adornments, there was the unexpected. This collection from Mac Duggal featured floor-length capes, unconventional slacks, shorts and even body suits. The collection unveiled in New York City for fall/winter is sure to keep his standing as the go-to designer for glamor.
Born in India, designer Mac Duggal’s enthusiasm for women’s couture fashion began with the merging of the colorfully vibrant designs of his homeland’s royal history and opulent traditions with a sophisticated and contemporary design aesthetic. He is never too far from the culture that has inspired his life’s work. His faith is Sikhism, which believes in one higher power and one higher consciousness, and that everyone is equal. This is essentially the same as American values.
Arriving in the States in 1983 at the age of 23, Mac began his road to success with his first collection, Creative Creations, a line of dazzling gowns blending Indian beauty and elegance with Western styling. The Mac Duggal brand got elevated with the introduction of designer couture gowns and pageant wear. His high fashion prom dresses brought him to the forefront, and part of the foundation of the emerging designer prom dress market. He was adjudged Diva Fashion Award for Designer of the Year 1998 in the Prom / Pageant category. He is the sponsor of dozens of national and international pageant titleholders including Miss USA, Miss America, Miss World, Miss Earth and Miss Universe.
Mac continued his success by expanding his collection to 12 distinct social occasion lines. His brand is now a highly sought after label courted by A list celebrities including Shakira, Carrie Underwood, Gwenyth Paltrow, Khloe Kardashian, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton and many more TV personalities, athletes, pageant titleholders and influencers globally.
In summer of 2017, the exhibit ‘Many Voices, One Nation’ will open at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. This permanent 20 year exhibition will explore the complex history of American migration and assimilation.
The Smithsonian has selected Mac Duggal as one of the handful of individuals to share their personal stories of challenge, risk and entrepreneurial success in this exhibit.
Mac resides in the Chicagoland area and is happily married to his wife Bubbly of 30 years. They have two children Daughter Ieena who has her own designer label- (IEENA for Mac Duggal) and son Yuvraj who is studying entrepreneurship at the college level.
Update: 17 Feb, 2017