DOB: March 31, 1974
Occupation: Fashion Designer
Residence: New York, NY
With a name that is now synonymous with iconic style, avant-garde sophistication and leading ladies, Prabal Gurung has swept the fashion world by storm in recent years. He is the only Nepalese designer to reach legendary status in prêt-à-porter fashion, and one of an elite group of Asian designers. In an industry still dominated by traditionally recognized Italian and French houses, Gurung has made a relatively obscure Asian nation immensely proud with his spectacular creations in an as yet young career.
Prabal Gurung launched his eponymous collection in February 2009 with a philosophy encompassing modern luxury, indelible style and an astute sense of glamour. Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. After beginning his design career in New Delhi he moved to New York to finish his studies at Parsons The New School for Design.
Upon graduating Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley’s design and production team. Soon after, he was appointed design director at the iconic Bill Blass, a post he held for five years until launching his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG.
A focus on quality and innovation has placed Gurung at the forefront of American fashion with designs worn by leading ladies including First Lady Michelle Obama, Demi Moore, and Zoe Saldana, to name a few. In 2010 he was the recipient of the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award and selected as runner up for the 2010 CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund. In 2011 Gurung was honored as one of USA Network’s Character
Approved Award recipients, named goodwill ambassador of Maiti Nepal, a finalist of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and was the recipient of the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear.
Most recently, Gurung was named Chief Designer of Onward Kashiyama’s ICB brand.