Donna Karan

Fashion Designer
Born Oct 2, 1948

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

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Donna Karan.


1948 Birth Born on October 2, 1948.


1966 17 Years Old Karan was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City. She graduated from Hewlett High School in 1966, and then went to the Parsons School of Design. … Read More


1971 22 Years Old Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, where she was promoted to associate designer in 1971.
1973 24 Years Old As Klein's assistant, Karan was a participant in The Battle of Versailles Fashion Show on November 28, 1973.
1974 25 Years Old When Klein herself died in 1974, Takihyo Corporation of Japan became the new owner and Karan, together with her former classmate and friend Louis Dell'Ollio, became head designer of the house.
1978 29 Years Old Karan, born as Donna Ivy Faske, is Jewish. She married Mark Karan in the early 1970s, they had a daughter and divorced in 1978.


1983 34 Years Old In 1983, she married artist Stephan Weiss, who would later become co-CEO of the Donna Karan company. … Read More
1984 35 Years Old In 1984, Karan left Anne Klein and, together with her then husband Stephan Weiss and Takihyo Corporation, started her own business "to design modern clothes for modern people".
1985 36 Years Old She showed her first women's clothing collection in 1985. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old In 1988, Karan, nicknamed The Queen Of Seventh Avenue, extended her women's 'Donna Karan New York' line by creating a less expensive clothing line for younger women, called DKNY. … Read More


1997 48 Years Old Karan left her CEO position in 1997, but continued as chairwoman and designer for the Donna Karan line.


2002 53 Years Old After 2002 Karan's designer contributions became less and less.
In 2008, the animal rights group PETA initiated a campaign against Karan for her company's use of fur in products and her contracted fur farmers' alleged inhumane treatment of animals.
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