It's almost that time of year again: We'll be gathering some of our favorite industry pros — from editors and designers to models and entrepreneurs — to share their hard-earned wisdom at our fifth annual "How to Make It in Fashion" conference on Nov. 3rd. We're especially looking forward to hearing from keynote speaker Prabal Gurung, who has made a name for himself by using his brand to champion racial and size diversity, political engagement and philanthropic action.
Gurung's design chops are what propelled him from his hometown of Kathmandu, Nepal to a career that's taken him all over the world, from London and Melbourne to his current home base in New York. After winning the "Best Designer" award while a first-year student at Parsons School of Design, Gurung went on to work at labels like Cynthia Rowley and Bill Blass before launching his eponymous brand in 2009. Since then, his clothing has been worn by celebrities like Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Emma Watson and many more.
Along the way, Gurung has gained a reputation for being a designer who cares about more than just making pretty things. He's pushed for diverse representation on the catwalk through his runway casting, outspokenly addressed political issues both in the U.S. and in his native Nepal, proudly partnered with plus-size retailers even when it provoked "snickering" from the fashion industry and made editors who had previously only politely clapped at NYFW shows let loose in whoops and cheers (and tears). He's so known for his values, in fact, that he's the first designer for whom feminist icon Gloria Steinem has ever deigned to grace the front row of a fashion week show.
In short, Gurung is a powerhouse when it comes to using fashion as a platform for social good. In an intimate fireside chat with Fashionista editor-in-chief Alyssa Vingan Klein, Gurung will share how he's built a respected brand while staying focused on what he believes in. We're looking forward to learning about the career challenges Gurung has faced along the way, and getting a glimpse of how he overcame them.
Want to hear Gurung's insights on successful brand building without compromising your values or ask him your own questions? Pick up your tickets today.