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Prabal Gurung launched his eponymous collection in February 2009 with a philosophy that encompasses modern luxury, indelible style and an astute sense of glamour.
Born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Gurung began his design career in New Delhi. He moved to New York City to finish his studies at Parsons The New School for Design, after which Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley’s design and production teams. Soon after, Gurung was appointed design director for the iconic Bill Blass label, a post he held for five years until launching his namesake collection.
A focus on quality and innovation has placed Gurung at the forefront of American fashion, with designs worn by women around the world, including First Lady Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge, among others. He was the recipient of the 2010 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, named a finalist for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award and received the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear.
Gurung was named chief designer of Onward Kashiyama’s ICB brand in 2012. Most recently, the Prabal Gurung for Target collection launched with Gurung as the chain's official 2013 designer collaborator.