Designer Spotlight: Prabal Gurung

Let’s clear one thing up, Prabal Gurung is pronounced: Prabble Gurr-ing. I for one have always been confused about how to pronounce this highly acclaimed designers name, but was extremely grateful when I stumbled upon this link! Moving past the confusing phonetics associated with the designer’s name, Prabal Gurung is bound to be one of the biggest hits of the 2013 year.

Neimans Prabal Gurung Personal Appearance

Prabal Gurung was born in Singapore, but was brought up in Kathmandu Nepal. After high school, Gurung continued his education and attended the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi, India. Several years later, Gurung made the transition from the streets of India to the concrete jungle of Manhattan. In NYC he interned with Donna Karan while attending Parsons School of Design. He won the highly acclaimed award for “Best Designer” at the annual design competition between Parsons/FIT. I’m assuming this is a design major’s version of the Superbowl. After graduation from Parsons, Gurung worked with Cynthia Rowley’s design team and was given the position of design director at Bill Blass.


However, Gerung decided that his future consisted of him working for his own line and not an already established name. PRABAL GURUNG the line was born in 2009 in the tents at Bryant Park. His line received positive attention and great reviews. In 2010 Gurung won the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award and was nominated for the 2010 CFDA Swarvoski Womenswear Award! Notably, in November 2010 Gurung won runner up for the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.


Prabal Gurung’s designs are absolutely everywhere. His gowns have graced the red carpets on A-Listers such as Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Hudson, Michelle Obama and Anne Hathaway. That’s only to name a few of the fashion forward individuals who are obsessed with Gurung’s intricate designs. His work is characterized by the detail put into the construction of the outfit. Every item sent down Prabal’s runway is immaculately constructed and typically adorned with feathers, lace, ruffles or unique fabrics.


As mentioned in this article, Prabal Gurung has collaborated with Target and will release a collection of more affordable looks with the mass retailer this upcoming February 10th (prepare your wallets!). I absolutely love Prabal’s designs and intend on being first in line to purchase his looks at Target!

Written by: Jenna Brown

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