DONNA KARAN Biography - Socialites, celebrities and People in the fashion industry


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Name: Donna Karan.                                                                     
Born: 9 October 1948 Forest Hills, New York                                           
Donna Karan is the fashion designer and the creator of the DKNY (Donna Karan New       
York) clothing label. She was born Donna Ivy Faske on October 2, 1948 in Forest       
Hills, New York. She grew up in Hewlett, Long Island with her stepfather who was       
a tailor and her mother who was a model. She graduated from Hewlett High School       
in 1966 and then went on to Parsons The New School for Design for two years. She       
left to work for Anne Klein. Eventually she became head of the Anne Klein design-team 
and remained in this position until 1989. At that time, she launched the               
Essentials line. She married Mark Karan in the early 1970s. The day she               
gave birth to their daughter Gabrielle in 1974, it was announced that Karan’s       
employer, Anne Klein, had died.                                                       
Karan’s daughter Gabby is married to Gian Paolo De Felice, an Alitalia airline       
pilot. They have one daughter, Stefania. She has been reported as being involved       
in the Kabbalah Centre.