Prabal Gurung overcame his admitted fear of public speaking last weekend to accept an award for career achievement from the Dallas chapter of Fashion Group International.

“When I was told about this award, I was really taken aback, grateful and also excited to come to Dallas,” Gurung told the “Night of Stars” gathering at Fashion Industry Gallery. “I was born in Nepal, grew up in Nepal, lived in India, lived in London and then I came to America. I traveled everywhere, but the kind of generosity and warmth you guys have shown me — I am really grateful and will never forget this, so thank you very much.”

Gurung noted that his designs are inspired by strong women, and the foundation he started to educate girls in Nepal is intended to help empower them.

“This award is an affirmation not only to me but to my team and everyone else back in Nepal that the path that I chose, the decision that I made to leave my family back in Nepal to come here and live the dream, was the right one,” he said.

The fund-raiser for FGI Dallas’ scholarship fund also honored Morgan Fairchild for lifetime achievement, NorthPark Center co-owner Nancy Nasher for career achievement in business, David Sutherland for career achievement in interior design and Nancy Carlson as art patron of the year.

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