Donna Karan

Donna Karan

Fashion designer who took over Anne Klein in 1974 and went on to establish her own line in 1984
Donna Karan was born Donna Faske on Long Island, New York, on October 4, 1948. The daughter of a fashion model and a dealer in men's furnishings, Karan was steeped in fashion from childhood. She attended New York's Parsons School of Design in 1968, and after only her second year landed a summer job with Anne Klein.She was subsequently hired as an assistant at the design firm, and by 1971 had worked her way up to associate designer. When Anne Klein died of cancer in 1974, Karan was named Klein's successor and became head designer. She was only 26 years old.In 1984, Karan was given her own firm by Takihyo Corporation of Japan, Anne Klein's parent company. Karan's first collection under her own label, released the following year, established her immediately as a new fashion star. Her idea was to design only clothes and accessories she would wear herself -- the best of everything for a modern woman who doesn't have time to shop. The saying goes that before Karan approves production of a particular design, she must first decide the piece looks good on her.The stylish women executives who depend upon Karan's work--much of it basic black--praise her fashions as flattering and versatile, comfortable and chic. Karan's hallmark is functionality as much as it is style.Known as the Queen of Seventh Avenue, Karan won Coty Awards in 1977 and 1981, and was inducted into the Coty Hall of Fame in 1984. In May 1987, she was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree by Parsons School of Design.She married boutique owner Mark Karan in 1973, with whom she had a daughter named Gabrielle. Interestingly, it is Gabrielle who is said to have been Karan's inspiration for her youthful DKNY line. After the couple divorced, Karan married sculptor Stephan Weiss, who helped her found her company in 1984, and with whom she shared the responsibility of running it for over a decade. At the end of 1995, however, Weiss resigned from his duties in order to concentrate more on his art.Some of Karan's current lines include DKNY, DKNY Jeans, DKNY Essentials, DKNY Tech, and the Donna Karan collection.Source:we-womensentertainment.com 
If I weren't doing what I'm doing today... I'd be traveling around the world on the back of a motorcycle.More Donna Karan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I realized I needed to address people, not just dress them.More Donna Karan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I did Urban Zen for myself, to make clothes for me and my friends, a similar philosophy to when I started Donna Karan. Except this time I hope it will stay that way so that I will be able to support young designers and mentor them.More Donna Karan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Today, fashion is really about sensuality-how a woman feels on the inside. In the '80s women used suits with exaggerated shoulders and waists to make a strong impression. Women are now more comfortable with themselves and their bodies-they no longer feel the need to hide behind their clothes.More Donna Karan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For me, starting each collection is always about what I really want, what I really need, and I was personally dying for sensual comfort. I think when you think of Donna Karan, you think of sensuality, but it's a different kind of sensuality. A kind of comfort sensuality that is one with your body and the way clothes feel on.More Donna Karan quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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