Prabal Gurung: Against All Odds

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As he continues to raise money for the victims of the recent Nepal earthquake, we meet Prabal Gurung, the New York-based designer who may have the fashion world at his fingertips, but hasn’t forgotten his roots. From our latest issue we bring you a few sneak peeks.  

By Susan Devaney

From Sarah Jessica Parker to Kate Middleton, his creations have adorned on the backs of many an influential woman. “What is so fantastic about getting the opportunity to dress these women is that I’m able to see my designs come to life on the women I’m so inspired by. All of the women we dress are extremely talented and beautiful women of substance. Each and every time it happens I cannot tell you how honoured I feel. It really never gets old!” he exclaims.

Prabal Gurung, autumn/winter 15.

But on Saturday, 25 April this year Gurung’s ambitions permanently changed; a date that will forever be ingrained in his mind. “I will be looking to help rebuild Nepal for the rest of my life. When the earthquake hit, I felt even more connected to my home,” he says. “I have been lucky enough to build a following on social media and within the industry that has given me access to tools that spread awareness and raised close to $1 million. The Nepal Earthquake Fund’s team has started to build over 1, 500 homes for those affected by the earthquake. It has truly now become an integral part of my business and lifelong commitment to continue to rebuild and help those displaced.”

Prabal Gurung as a child in Nepal.

With many people upholding Gurung for his unusual back-story into this world, he hopes it will allow for others to dream bigger – especially those from improverished backgrounds. “I do believe that people often relate to a unique story or a different upbringing and at times may feel a personal connection because of that,” he says reflectively.

Read the full interview in our latest issue out now.