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“Being the first Prabal Gurung”

The lasted issue of on TNM Magazine featured Prabal Gurung on the cover with his story.


Prabal Gurung had his inspirations, but it was never his purpose in life to follow anyone’s footsteps. Everyone is born different, but many of us tend to focus on molding ourselves into someone we admire, or someone the society deems a “success”. He very well could have been as big as his inspirations, but that was not what he was aiming for. Prabal was different and he knew it better than anyone else. Regardless, he wasn’t meant to be the next big thing. He was destined to become someone much greater, he was destined to become Prabal Gurung.

Considering the fact that his dream of becoming a fashion designer completely contradicted the norm that benchmarked doctors and engineers as the ultimate occupation, Prabal was headed for a lot of skepticism. He was bullied for being different, and his inclination towards arts and design was never taken well by the all-boys crowd at St. Xavier’s School. But on a positive note, this just might have prepared him well to power through all the adversities of life. No wonder, today he sits high in the global fashion industry as the darling of the sensational New York fashion scene, rubbing shoulders with the A-listers of Hollywood. It is safe to say that right now there aren’t many Nepalese people who can boast of such achievements.

 ” Today he sits high in the global fashion industry as the darling of the sensational New York fashion scene, rubbing shoulders with the A-listers of Hollywood. It is safe to say that right now there aren’t many Nepalese people who can boast of such achievements “

Born in Singapore, Prabal was brought up in Kathmandu but he began his professional design career in India where he spent eight years. He then moved to New York to continue his studies at Parsons The New School for Design. After graduating, Prabal spent two years with Cynthia Rowley’s design and production teams. Soon after, he was appointed design director at the iconic Bill Blass. For many pursuant in the fashion field, this would have been considered an apex point in their careers. No one would have thought any less of him if he had decided to ride it out till his retirement. Prabal however, had bigger plans. He resigned the post he held for five years and launched his own collection – prabal gurung.

After that there was no looking back and it’s been a continuous ride uphill. It is no small achievement when your brand is the choice of a variety of powerful women from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Rachel Weisz, Anne Hathaway, Demi Moore, Jennifer Lawrence and Sarah Jessica Parker to Michelle Obama and The Duchess of Cambridge. Needless to say, Prabal Gurung’s career has already reached dizzying heights of success. Although he remains firmly rooted to his Nepali ancestry, there is no denying that India and more so New York has had a huge role in his accomplishments.

“Being a global citizen, I have my roots in Nepal. However, I don’t want to take away the contributions that India has on me. I know the hidden nuances in our culture about that aspect. When I started designing in Nepal, everybody was laughing as they termed design as a “bored housewives’ hobby”. I grew up watching Hindi movies and listening to Hindi music as much as I listen to Nepali music. It has shaped my aesthetics and my love for music and it allowed me to dream. It was in India that I found out that there is a legitimate career to be made and when I launched my collection, India was the first to embrace me, so I don’t want to take away that from me. And finally you can say that I found myself in New York. America gave me an opportunity to be myself, live my dream and in complete honesty, a story like mine wouldn’t have been possible anywhere else in the world. I’ve lived in America for 14 years and accepting the citizenship has been emotional, natural progression in terms of business and profession.”

” Although he remains firmly rooted to his Nepali ancestry, there is no denying that India and more so New York has had a huge role in his accomplishments “

Family plays an important role in every child’s development and it was no different in Prabal’s case. Prabal highly credits his mother to be his guiding source of inspiration. Considering the conservative mentality of the time period and society he grew up in, the career path he chose wasn’t going to be easy to follow. Almost everyone wanted him to conform to the basics and be normal. But his mother encouraged him through every step, and rather embraced him by convincing him he was perfect just the way he was. With the support of his mother and the rest of his family, there wasn’t much the world could do to stop his ascent. Prabal did not have everything handed to him; he had to work harder than the rest. Had he quit sketching, concentrated more on improving his grades like his teachers encouraged him to, his initials would have probably never acknowledged a second glance. 

With over a decade of hard work in the profession, he is now in a position where he excels at what he does and is a prominent figure in the fashion industry. Now a major source of pride for the entire country, Prabal has been doing his part to give back to the country as well. Utilizing the platform he has achieved, he along with his sister, brother and like-minded friends founded the “Sikshya Foundation Nepal” to give back to the society and education.

“I realized that the platform I had and the attention that I was getting, it wasn’t fair to keep it to myself. I wanted to turn that to something I always was avid about. The satisfaction I get out of this is amazing. It’s been such a gratifying, fulfilling, positive and spiritual feeling. I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve been able to do this.”

” Utilizing the platform he has achieved, he along with his sister, brother and like-minded friends founded the “Sikshya Foundation Nepal” to give back to the society and education “

There is no doubt that his resilience, passion and personality played a huge role in his success. There are only a handful of Nepalese people who we can look up to as having highly succeeded by following their passion and Prabal Gurung simply personifies the agenda. Not being the one to let herd mentality stir his thoughts, Prabal never let his humble origins restrain his boundless dreams. 

“I’ve never felt less than. We should remember that we have a rich culture and heritage and we are no less than the rest of the world. The fact that I am from Nepal gave me the identity and great advantage as the first designer in New York from Nepal. We have to change our mindset. Its not a question of bigger or lesser but its just people are different. We need to embrace our different qualities and that’s when we realize our strengths and that will take us places.”

We love reveling whenever our fellow countrymen succeed in putting Nepal on the global map, and Prabal is currently the epitome of that success on a global scale. He has also opened doors to people who dare to think out of the box, and he now serves as a fine inspiration to succeed by following one’s passion. A firm believer of hard work and determination, this basically sums up his attitude towards success.

” I wish we could simply be supportive of each other and enjoy everyone’s success by following our dreams and encouraging and complementing each other. The minute you start thinking and be truly happy for someone’s success, success finds you! ”

“I feel honored that I am able to inspire so many young passionate people. You need to believe that there’s enough room for everyone and you need to define your own success. Always aspire to become the next YOU, not someone else. I firmly believe that necessity is the mother of all inventions. It is time for us to figure out who we are and what we stand for. We need to get out of the typical Nepali mentality and stop pitying ourselves that we’re born in a country that has been on the receiving end for grants from other countries. We should strive to be able to compete with the rest of the world. I wish we could simply be supportive of each other and enjoy everyone’s success by following our dreams and encouraging and complementing each other. The minute you start thinking and be truly happy for someone’s success, success finds you!”

                                                                 Some quick Q&A’s

Best place to eat in Nepal?

– My mom’s kitchen

Which is the first album you remember buying?

– Umm… I’m pretty sure it was ‘Like a Virgin’ by Madonna

What do you drive?

– I don’t drive.

Which is your favorite workout?

– I would say a cardio and weight circuit.

Your favorite drink?

– Vodka, soda with lots of lemon and a dash of lime.

What do you always tend to lose?

– Bad memories.

Something you don’t leave home without.

– My phone.

Sweet or Savory?

– Savory.

What is your favorite rude word?

– I don’t know, I guess you have to ask other people.

What’s the most illegal thing you’ve ever done?

– I was caught cheating in school.

Do you have any phobias?

– I’m terrified of heights.

Any celebrities that you’ve met and couldn’t believe that you were actually meeting them?

– Oprah Winfrey at the start of my career. She’s been a source of inspiration for me. I was asked to make something for her from my first collection for the cover of O magazine (Oprah Winfrey Magazine), which she was sharing with Ellen DeGeneres. She loved it and it was an incredible moment for me. And also the first lady, Michelle Obama- who’s been a great supporter of new American designers and has put American fashion on a global map. I’ve had the chance to thank her for wearing my design on behalf of the entire nation.

When would you start designing clothes for men? Which men clothing line do you like the most?

– Menswear is definitely in the works. I like A.P.C, Junya Watanabe, Comme des Garçons, and Dior Homme.

How would you define your personal style?

– Non-fussy, timeless, easy, effortless, comfortable.

Where have you travelled recently? 

– Being a beach person I travelled to Anguilla recently and I can safely say it has the perfect beach. London was incredible experience as well since I hadn’t been there in 12 years.

Are you a believer of luck?

– I’ve never been a believer of luck. To me luck is when ‘Preparation meets opportunity’. Things just don’t happen. You need to prepare for things, that’s when you’ll meet up with an opportunity.

Have you ever felt that you wanted to pursue something else rather than being a fashion designer?

– I didn’t. This is all I’ve ever wanted to do. Life is a journey and I want to enjoy it and the process. Since I wasn’t good in studies, I was more inclined towards arts, music and creative side of things.

What’s been your source of inspiration for the designs that you do every season? 

– It comes from everywhere – music, art, books, artists, places I’ve visited but the one thing that remains constant is the girl that I’m designing for.

Any fond memories of Kathmandu?

– I remember night-outs in Thamel with my brother and sister- whom I’ve always been very close, hanging out with cousins, eating ice-cream at Nirulas in Durbarmarg, listening to Madonna and going for long drives to Budhanilkantha. Kathmandu was, is and always will be an amazing place.

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In conversation with Prabal Gurung

My favourite designer, Prabal Gurung, was in Nepal to celebrate the festival of Tihar with his family and friends. I was so happy to follow his instagram where he treated his entire fan with great photos and videos every day.

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He looks so cute in Nepali topi

Lucky for people in Kathmandu, he also organised a fundraiser for Shikshya Foundation Nepal , titled “In Conversation with Prabal Gurung” which became a sell out event.

prabal gurung

I so wished I was in Nepal for the event. Luckily for his fans like me RVL radio (Revolution radio, Nepal’s one of its kind online radio station, connecting people and music globally.), big thank btw, did the live broadcast of the event.

It was a great experience watching him speak so honestly. It was late night for me when it started but it was worth it when I listen to his story in his own words. I do have to admit some of the people who asked questions wasted their value opportunity by asking unimportant/useless questions but nevertheless the event was a huge success. I keep on reading experience of the people who were there and definitely envy them.

Here is the report on myrepublica.com regarding the event.


 “My family is the source of my strength and inspiration,” shared Prabal Gurung, the much acclaimed fashion designer, at a conversation program held at Army Officer’s Club Auditorium in Bhadrakali, Kathmandu on Friday.

Titled “In Conversation with Prabal Gurung”, the program was organized by Shikshya Foundation Nepal, of which Gurung is one of the founding members. The proceeds collected from the program will go to CNN Hero Pushpa Basnet’s Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), an organization dedicated to educating the children of imprisoned parents in Nepal.

Ashutosh Tiwari, the Head of WaterAid Nepal was the moderator of the conversation, which was attended by hundreds of enthusiastic audience who was keen to see Gurung live and learn about the designer, whose list of clientele includes high profile Hollywood stars, along with the First Lady Michelle Obama.

When asked to share about his childhood days, Gurung opened up charmingly, “I was a bit different from my classmates and even my siblings from early on. I liked doing things my way and was always interested in doing creative works, like sketching. When I told my associates that I was interested in fashion designing, they advised me to take up something else as the profession in Nepal wasn’t much heard of or looked up to then. It was my mother who encouraged me to follow my dreams and assured me that being myself was perfectly fine.”

Gurung attributes his current position to the nine years of education on fashion designing in India and years of experience and practice in the US. To the youngsters aspiring to reach the heights of success in their career, he advised, “There’s room for everyone. All you need to do is believe in yourself, be yourself and work hard to achieve your dreams.”
Present at the event, Apeksha Ghimire, 13, a student of Kaasthamandap Vidhyalaya in Mandikhatar, shared, “I’m very glad to have come to this event because listening to Gurung’s success story has motivated me a lot. Being a Nepali, he has reached such great heights and it boosts me up as a student to strive harder to reach my goals too.” She further said the cause behind the charity event encouraged her to be a part of it.

Sharing her excitement, Pushpa Basnet shared, “Success is a result of continuous hardwork. These and many other life lessons are what the attendees of today’s event taking back after listening to Gurung’s success mantra.”

She further added that since the proceeds of the event will go to the education of her children from ECDC, the program has served two noble purposes.


I really wish he would come to OZ and I get an opportunity to meet him. Ohoo a girl can always dream 🙂

I was over the moon when RVL radio announced that they are going to have one on one with Prabal Gurung. BTW great job Prasan from RVL radio!

While I was listening to him, I wanted to go to Skype and talk to him too but I knew that there was a long queue so just enjoyed watching him on Revcam and listening to his answers.

Again, he proved he is down to earth and he was nice and humble throughout the conversation. I couldn’t believe 2 hours went so quickly and it was early morning for me here in Sydney 🙂

If you have missed the live broadcast, here are some snippets.


When he was in Nepal he was all over the Nepali media and the lasted issue of on TNM Magazine featured Prabal Gurung on the cover.


Some of my favourite quotes of Prabal Gurung so far.

My family is the source of my strength and inspiration”

 “The journey has been exciting‚ humbling‚ one of absolute gratitude and more than I had imagined”

“Always aspire to become the next you, not someone else”

“I would ask my country to be proud of me for taking a chance”

“I enjoy the highs and lows of life as I believe that when you are in the low the high comes the next that always makes me plan accordingly”

Here is another of his interview published on http://www.thehimalayantimes.com


Fashion icon Prabal Gurung has had a fantastic journey since he wowed the world with his eponymous collection at the New York Fashion Week 2009. His innovative and cutting-edge designs have made Gurung a known face in the global fashion circuit. Having had his designs adorned by the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama, The Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities, Gurung has fashionably carved a niche for himself. In an exclusive with TGIF he spoke with Terence Lee straight from the heart.

Q. Tell us something about growing up in Nepal. Does that experience influence your designs?

A. Growing up in Nepal, I have always been aware of the rich culture and heritage and that has been a huge influence on me as a person and hence affects me as a designer. The way women gracefully carry themselves here in Nepal is reflected in my designs. The colours I choose are very subtle and my designs are predominantly red with draping like saris that are worn here. But at the same time I didn’t want to limit myself as an ethnic designer. I wanted to emerge as an international designer.

Q. From global fame after the New York Fashion Week 2009, you have gone from one achievement to another. How would you describe this journey till date?

A. The journey has been exciting, humbling, one of absolute gratitude and more than I had imagined. I didn’t imagine accomplishing this or that in this year, but I had always wanted to do all these things. When I moved to New York and started working in fashion most people did not know about Nepal. The fact that many designers and celebrities have now come to Nepal feels great. It feels great to represent Nepal in my own way and I feel blessed.

Q. One lesson you have learnt on this journey.

A. The journey has not been easy but there are always ups and downs with everyone. The one lesson I have learnt is perhaps to be completely honest and true to myself and to keep listening to my heart. I always feel that with 100 per cent integrity and absolute passion and hard work things will work out. Being famous cannot be the end goal.

Q. ‘Prabal Gurung’ is a brand in the Fashion World. Nepal sees you as an icon with pride. How do you feel about that?

A. It’s an honour I hold with great pride and absolute humility because I feel very blessed. I was not your typical bright student. If you had asked people back then if I was going to be this person, they would have laughed.

Nobody would have believed it, including me. I knew I wanted to do something different and something that I love. I hoped I would be able to survive in the early days and I am happy with the way things have worked out.

Q. Women have always inspired your designs. How do you know what women want?

A. So you basically want my secret (chuckles)… the thing is that women have so many layers and are very complex. Without being sexist, I think women are emotionally different from men. I have understood what makes women comfortable and what they want to look like. Again if there is one thing that’s the truth, it is that every woman wants to look beautiful and my designs stem from this idea. I try to make them look beautiful and not ridiculous or vulgar. I want women to look their best and the most graceful. So that’s my little secret and the motivating factor for my designs.

Q. You have designed and dressed some of the most famous women. Is there any one woman that you would like to design for in Nepal?

A. There are so many women. While I may not know many public figures in Nepal, there are many friends and family members who do buy and wear my stuff.

Getting to know Prabal

Favourite Nepali model: Varsha Thapa

If not a designer you’d be… I would not be alive!

Your designs reflect: The epitome of beauty, elegance and timeless modernity.

The thing you miss most about Nepal: My mom’s cooking and my family.


Keep an eye out for this great designer and amazing human being. 🙂

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Different looks of Prabal Gurung for Target collection

This article was published in +977 (a Nepalese Lifestyle Magazine in Australia) in June-July 2013 issue.


If you are following the fashion world, I am sure you are familiar with Prabal Gurung,  the Nepalese born American designer who has dressed famous ladies like Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge, Zoe Saldana, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lawrence, Demi Moore, Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried,  and Sarah Jessica Parker to name just  a few.

On February 2013, Prabal Gurung collaborated with Target and launched a collection based  on the theme “LOVE”. The collection was a big hit with some of the favourite pieces running out on  the first day. Unfortunately, Target Australia did not carry the collection, which means we were left out.

Luckily, we managed to purchase a few items from his collection from the USA and have styled our pieces in different looks.

Prabal Gurung For Target Cardigan in Meet the Parents Print

Boho chic: For this look, we paired the cardigan with a black maxi dress and belted it to cinch the waistline. For accessories, we just went with a pair of black sandals, silver necklace and a mini shoulder bag to keep things simple and casual. This look is very bohemian and adding the printed cardigan elevated a simple black maxi dress making it boho chic.

Casual edge: For this particular look, we tried to put together a causal and laid-back style with a bit of an edge.  We simply paired the cardigan with a very basic yellow tank top and black skinny jeans. To add some edge, we accessorised with a pair of studded ankle boots, cross earrings and a big crescent pendant. Again, adding this printed cardigan injects life to this otherwise very plain style.

Girlie girl: For the third look, we tried playing the colour pink and girlie silhouette. We basically put the cardigan buttoned up and tucked inside a flared black skirt. To emphasize the waistline, we used a skinny belt in neon pink which also adds a girlie touch. To make this look even more feminine, we went with a pair of pumps in bubble gum pink and a statement necklace with pink accents. It’s a very fun and girlie look.

Prabal Gurung For Target Dress in Meet the Parents Print

Colour Burst: For the first look, we used some key pieces from Prabal Gurung(PG) collection. We styled this PG black & white floral printed skater dress with PG heels in similar print and PG clutch in lolita print. This cute clutch injects some colour to this otherwise monochromatic outfit; we also added some fun statement necklaces in yellow and pink for that extra punch of colour.

Frosty: We tried adding some glamour to this dress with frosty silver pumps and clutch. For some drama, we added a chunky pearl necklace. This look is perfect for girl’s night out or that romantic dinner date with your partner.

Lady in Red: Adding some structured pieces like this red blazer and wedges gives this dress a very formal and sharp appeal. This outfit can be worn to work or anywhere where you want to polished and formally dressed.

Casual Chic: We did a fun experiment by turning this dress into a flared skirt. For this look, knitwear is worn over the dress making it appear as a skirt. We finished off the look by adding pair of black tights, ankles boots and a scarf in bright yellow colour. This look is very casual, comfortable and chic; great for walking around or running errands.

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Prabal Gurung Resort Collection 2014

I am in love with the latest collection from my favorite designer, Prabal Gurung. Once again, he brings a sophisticated glamor pieces with tones in shades of red, yellow, blue and white with floral and graphic prints.

Here are some of my favorite pieces.

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Check out the collection. I am sure you will fall in love too.

PG Resort 2014

And here is the illustration by Sunny Gu inspired by Prabal Gurung  Resort 2014 collection. Love it.

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” ― Coco Chanel

Take care everyone,


M from nepaliaustralian

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More stars shines under Prabal Gurung’s collection

I never get tired of writing about all the celebrities who wear a Prabal Gurung. I have talked about him and his collection before here, here, here, here and here.

First of all great news for everyone, Target has teamed up with Prabal Gurung  for its next limited-edition collection aiming to bring high fashion to the masses.

The 80-piece collection will range in price from $19.99 to $199.99 for apparel and $12.99 to $39.99 for accessories. The items are to go on sale online and in stores on Feb. 10 . According to the Prabal Gurung , “The collection is inspired by Love and if Target’s guests can feel even a little bit of  the love that I felt while I was designing this collection, then I will consider it a job well done.”

In recent months, many Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities have worn a Prabal Gurung including First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama, and this was not the first time that she did so.

In 2010,  she wore Prabal Gurung for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

She also wore a creation by Prabal Gurung while donating her much talked about inaugural gown to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Last week, she wore Prabal Gurung again in “Live with Kelly and Michael” show.

My favourite fashionista,Sarah Jessica Parker wore a Prabal Gurung green dress in the GLEE saga recently.

The same dress was seen on Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra before.

Some more celebrities wearing a Prabal Gurung:

Kate Hudson wearing a Red Prabal Gurung Dress At The amfAR 3rd Annual Inspiration Gala.

Kate previously wore Prabal Gurung for ELLE’s Women in Hollywood bash.

Emma Watson recently wore Prabal Gurung for Ellen Degeneres Show.

Jessica Alba was recently spotted with Prabal Gurung dress.

Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif in Prabal Gurung on Vogue India

Bollywood actress Kajol in Prabal Gurung.

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt in Prabal Gurung Fall 2012 Gown For Vogue India September 2012

The golden gown was previously also worn by Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone.

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone wore Prabal Gurung (Spring 2012 Lilac Dress ) before as well.

Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung at the ‘Nights In Monaco’ Gala Fundraiser.

She also wore Prabal Gurung to attend Frank Gehry Tiffany & Co. dinner before.

She was featured in Vogue issue with Prabal Gurung

Singer Ciara attends the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” Costume Institute Gala wearing Prabal Gurung.

Blake Lively  at the 24th Annual Footwear News Achievement Awards in this shimmering Prabal Gurung khaki number.

Leighton Meester in Prabal Gurung

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