Fashion Designer Donna Karan

Donna Karan was born Donna Faske on October 2, 1948 in Forest Hills, New York. Her father sold men’s clothing and her mother was a showroom model and sales representative. Karan worked as an intern for Liz Claiborne while still in high school and later attended the notable Parsons School of Design in New York. Karan worked for Anne Klein while she attended classes and then graduated to become Klein’s associate designer upon the completion of her degree. Through her education and her loyalty to Klein, who died in 1973, Karan became Klein’s successor and took over designing the Anne Klein Collection.

Karan independently created Anne Klein II shortly after, and, in 1984, began her own line. Her designs were immediately accepted and applauded and Karan quickly became known as the “queen of Seventh Avenue.” Her empire employs 2000 people and earns an average annual revenue of $622.6 million. Karan is also one of the chief developers of the bridge line, which was formed to create women’s clothing that is comfortable as well as stylish.



In 1988 Karan realized that teens her daughter’s age were interested in wearing her designs, but that they were too expensive for the young girls. So, in an attempt to dress her daughter, Karan created the less expensive DKNY clothing line. By remaining open to innovation and being alert to consumer desires and behaviors (such as her daughter’s desire to wear her clothing line), Karan continues to create trendy, stylish clothing that is well-received both in the fashion world and in the closets of consumers.