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Famous Designer

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Donna Karan

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Donna Karan was born Donna Faske in Forest Hills, New York, on October 2, 1948. Both her parents were involved in fashion careers, so it seemed inevitable that Donna should follow in their footsteps. She was still a student at Parsons School of Design in the mid-1960s when Anne Klein hired her for summer a job. In the late sixties and early seventies, Karan worked her way up from assistant to designer for Anne Klein & Co. With the death of Klein in 1974, Donna Karan was named her successor. Shortly after the launch of Anne Klein II (the diffusion line) Donna Karan felt that she was ready to go it alone: She formed Donna Karan New York (DKNY) and launched the first Donna Karan collection in 1985. She added a hosiery collection in 1987 and DKNY Menswear in the early 1990s. Karan continues to expand her collection, having recently launched City DKNY, DKNY Jeans and DKNY Kids, as well as fragrance, underwear, eyewear and watch lines. She has won many awards, including three CFDA awards for womenswear, one for menswear, a Femmy Award for her intimate apparel and a Fifi award for best women's fragrance. Donna Karan International was acquired by LVHM (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) in 2001.

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Donna Karan Fashion Collections 

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1997 Fall woman's fashion collection

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2000 Spring woman's fashion collection

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Jil Sander

Jil Sander is a native German designer who is reputable for her sophisticated and well cut designs. She was born in Germany in 1943 and first debuted her fashions in 1973. Although her initial designs were not then well received, she became popular in the 80s for her simple, classy and elegant clothes.
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In the early 70's she debuted her premier collection, this included layered coordinates such as long coats and dresses, incidentally, this "onion look" became a hit in the fashion world. The 80's followed with a simple oversized look with no embellishment or decorative pieces added.
By the 1990's Jil Sander's real essence was established as pure, simple design lines mixed with high quality fabrics, a "minimalistic" elegance for which she will always be known. She had since branched out into a cosmetics line, an accessories line and a menswear line.
In 1999, Jil Sander had sold her business to Milan based PRADA, however she still served as head designer for the label. Due to differences after the acquisition, Sander resigned a year later and the line took a downward turn. Now, she is back at the reins as head designer of her name sake line and was offered a top management position at Prada . Her June 2003 Milan show proved her talent that she has been recognized for time and time again, a tremendous comeback to a renowned successful German designer, Jil Sander.

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Jil Sander Fashion Collections 

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1995 Fall woman' s Fashion Collection

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2000 Fall Woman's Fashion Collection

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Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Isabel Swire was born in Glossopdale, Derbyshire, on 8 April 1941. Her mother had been a weaver in the local cotton mills and her father came from a family of shoemakers. After the war, they ran a sub post office in Tintwistle and in the late 1950s moved to north-west London.

Leaving grammar school at 16, Vivienne briefly attended Harrow Art College. She studied fashion and silversmithing, but left after a term because 'I didn't know how a working-class girl like me could possibly make a living in the art world'. She worked in a factory and trained to become a primary school teacher. In 1962 she married Derek Westwood and in 1963 her first son, Benjamin, was born.

Vivienne always enjoyed 'cutting a dash'. As a teenager in the 1950s, she customised her school uniform to emulate the fashionable pencil skirt and made many of her own clothes, including a long, fitted 'New Look' dress. She made sleeveless shifts, with a single seam and darts, from exactly one yard of fabric.

Frugality and independence remain central to Westwood's character. She has lived in south London for many years, cycles everywhere, and has never relinquished control of her company.

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Vivienne Westwood Fashion Collections 
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1997 Fall Woman's Fashion Collection


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2000 Summer Woman's Fashion Collection

 

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