Donna Karan

Donna Karan

About Donna Karan

Donna Karan (born October 2, 1948) is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels. Karan was born Donna Ivy Faske in Forest Hills, Queens, USA, the daughter of Helen (ne Richie), a salesperson and model, and Gabby Faske, a haberdasher. She grew up in Woodmere, Long Island, New York, with her stepfather and her mother. Karan started selling clothing on Cedarhurst, New York's Central Avenue at age 14. She graduated from Hewlett High School in 1966, and then went to the Parsons School of Design. After leaving college, Karan worked for Anne Klein, eventually becoming head of the Anne Klein design-team, where she remained until 1985, when she launched her eponymous Donna Karan label. Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, where she was eventually promoted to associate designer in 1971.