Donna Ivy Faske was born on 2nd October 1948 in Forest Hills New York. Her mother Helen was a model who also worked in the designer Chester Weignberg’s showroom and her stepfather was a suit designer. In 1968 after dropping out of high school Karen was accepted int the highly respected Parsons School of Design in New York. Karen started out her career as assistant designer for Anne Klein but descended to the top of the brand with her impressive designs. Karan married her first husband Mark Karan in 1974 but by 1985 after their divorce launched her own label Donna Karan. Karan’s second husband Stephen Weiss was described as calm and collected, the perfect match to Karan’s sometimes intense personality, he became the perfect inspiration for the brand.