Prabal Gurung was born on March 31, 1979 in Singapore to Nepalese parents and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. Prabal began his designing career in New Delhi, India. While studying at New Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion Technology, he apprenticed at several local production and fashion houses and designed with Manish Arora.
In Melbourne and London Gurung assisted stylists for fashion shows and international publications. In 1999 Gurung moved to New York City, where he interned for Donna Karan while attending Parsons School of Design. In his first year he was awarded the “Best Designer” title at the annual Parsons/FIT design competition. After Parsons, Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley’s design team. Soon after, he became the design director at Bill Blass.
Following five successful years at Blass, Gurung launched his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG, during New York Fashion Week in February 2009 at the FLAG Art Foundation in Chelsea. For Fall 2010, he staged his first runway show in the Tents at Bryant Park.
The label mostly focused on ready to wear, but Spring 2015 marked Prabal Gurung’s step into footwear design. After successful runway shoe collaborations with Casadei, Nicholas Kirkwood and Manolo Blahnik in recent seasons, proven as creative as his clothes, for Spring/Summer 2015 Prabal is launching his first complete footwear range under his own label. Inspired by Gurung’s favorite artists — Tracey Emin, Zaha Hadid, Cecily Brown, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cindy Sherman and Frida Kahlo, these heels are definitely on my wish list.
Multi-colored leather and snakeskin cut-out sandals