“DKNY” Creator, Donna Karan Turns 72

Donna Karan is an American fashion designer and is the creator of the Donna Karan New York, DKNY, clothing line.

Donna Karan was born Donna Ivy Faske on October 2, 1948, in Forest Hills, New York.

Karan, who grew up in Hewlett, Long Island, was immersed in the world of fashion from an early age.

Her mother worked as a model while her stepfather made a living as a suit designer.

Karan’s family’s influence was apparent in her early life because by the age of 14, she had dropped out of school and begun selling clothing at a local boutique.

In 1968, Karan was accepted into the highly respected Parsons School of Design in New York City and while in school, Karan landed a prestigious summer job working for designer Anne Klein.

Her work there proved so impressive that within two years she was named associate designer.

By the age of 26, Karan, who was by then married to her first husband, Mark Karan, was named head designer.

One of the most influential fashion designers in the world, Donna Karan has left a lasting impact on the world of clothing, bringing uptown New York chic into the mainstream.

In 2004, she was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Karan published her autobiography “The Journey of a Woman” in 2004.

In 2015, she stepped down as the head of her own label to devote her time to Urban Zen, a lifestyle brand she launched in 2007.

(Culled from https://www.biography.com/)

Maxwell Oyekunle

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