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 teams. He was appointed to design director at the iconic Bill Blass soon after, a post he held for five years until launching his own namesake collection. A focus on quality and innovation has placed Gurung at the forefront of American fashion. His designs have been worn by leading ladies including first Lady Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge, 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 received the 2011 CFDA Swarovski award for womenswear. Prabal Gurung was the official 2013 designer collaborator for target and in September 2014 launched his footwear on the spring 2015 runway. In November 2014 Gurung launched a product collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. Most recently, he was honored with the Inaugural Creativity Award from the drawing center.