Top 3 Nepali Fashion Designers Known Worldwide: What’s Special About Them Anyway?

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Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish writer, said once, “Believe that there are no limits, but the sky.” There are very few who live up to this statement among billions of people in the world and make their own legacy and mark in their own field in the world. We are talking about three fashion designers from Nepal who fall into this category.

These three people have done something more than the famous Nepalese fashion designers. They have made a name for themselves among world famous fashion designers in the realm of glitz and glamour. From their residencies on three continents of the world, they have made Nepalese proud of their creations and creativity. But why? What’s special about them?

We will discuss.

1. Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung needs no introduction; it is itself a brand. Gurung, born in Singapore to his Nepalese parents, grew up in Kathmandu. He completed his schooling at St Xavier’s School. After that, he started his career as a fashion designer in New Delhi, India. He joined the National Institute of Fashion Technology there and studied fashion design. During his studies, he worked in many local production houses and for many fashion designers. He also served an apprenticeship with Manish Arora, who is considered “the John Galliano of India”. He received a lot of exposure and experience during the early years of his career.

Seizing the opportunity, he assisted designers in Melbourne and London for fashion shows and global media. He then went to New York in 1999. He enrolled at the Parsons School of Design and worked alongside Donna Karan. After completing his studies, he worked with Cynthia Rowley’s design team for about two years. Then he joined the fashion house Bill Blass as design director and worked there for five years.

And, finally, the famous fashion designer launched his own line, Prabal Gurung, in 2009 during New York Fashion Week. Following this, her designs were featured at a fashion show at Bryant Park in Tents; it was his debut on the slopes.

Her creations have been worn by personalities like Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Catherine, Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Kamala Harris, Demi Moore, Kerry Washington and also Bollywood celebrities like Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. He has received numerous accolades to his name, including the 2010 Ecco Domani Fashion Fund Award, the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist, the 2011 CFDA Swarovski Award for Women’s Fashion, and the Drawing Center’s First Prize for Creativity.

2. Sanyukta Shrestha

Photo: Screenshot from Sanyukta Shrestha website.
Photo: Screenshot from Sanyukta Shrestha website.

Sanyukta Shrestha is another fashion designer of Nepalese origin celebrated around the world. London-based Shrestha launched her first international collection under her own name in 2011, specializing in sustainable bridal and luxury wear.

With this launch, the famous fashion designer introduced sustainability to the bridal wear industry for the first time, redefining the bridal wear market. His creations are made from ecological fibers such as hemp, banana, milk, organic silk and wild nettle and are artisanal and timeless. Because of her commitment to sustainable fashion, she has won honors media with words such as “the dawn of the sustainable movement” and “the Greta of the marriage world”. One of his enduring creations was kept at the Fashion Museum in Bath in 2012.

Shrestha had long envisioned a sustainable and eco-friendly fashion brand when she volunteered for World Wide Fund for Nature in Nepal (WWF) and Women’s Rehabilitation Center (WOREC) in Nepal during the early years of his career. She has won numerous national and international awards, including Luxury Category Winner at the PETA Vegan Wedding Awards 2022, Wedding Boutique of The Year London for her bridal store named Behuli Boutique and The Bridal Buyer Award. Her designs are featured in numerous international magazines and seen by celebrities such as Candice Swanepoel, Laura Wright and Amy Nuttall.

3. Mishu Shrestha

Mishus
Photo: screenshot/Instagram page

Mishu Shrestha is another famous fashion designer in Nepal who has reached many international platforms. Shrestha graduated from Milan Fashion Center. Immediately after that, she launched her own fashion brand, MISHUS Fashion House in Thapathali, Kathmandu, in 2012. Like Sanyukta Shrestha, Mishu Shrestha is also into promoting sustainable fashion and is known for her cashmere dresses.

She also incorporated Tamang prayer flags, Mithila art, and artistic patterns into her Western clothing designs. Shrestha is also the first Nepalese to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. She presented her creations there with three designers from India, Kenya and France as part of a fashion show, Seven Continents of Fashion. Her designer dresses were worn by celebrities during the festival. Besides, she has also designed outfits for many celebrities including Hollywood actress Katianna Ley.

It has also collaborated with Asia Pacific Rayon for the production and export of sustainable denim and cashmere collections internationally.

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