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Donna Karan, Iron Maiden?

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Parsons is launching two new master’s degree programs this fall—an MFA in Fashion Design and Society and an M.A. in Fashion Studies—an effort initiated by one of its most famous graduates. Well, almost-graduates.

Donna Karan left Parsons without a degree after she “failed draping and had to attend summer school,” she reported at a chat with FIT’s Valerie Steele at the New School last night; after two years, she simply headed for Anne Klein. That’s the carpe diem spirit she credits with her success. “If anybody has any plans, drop them. You have to be an alive-in-the-moment kind of person,” Karan recommended. She could’ve added alive-and-busy. Karan has been planning A Tent for Today, a Home for Tomorrow, a Haiti relief initiative launching next Monday, along with her upcoming Fall collection for fashion week, which she mysteriously hints will explore a new dimension for her work. “I’m pretty good at draping now,” she told us with a laugh after the talk. “In school, I could never figure out the iron! It was either too hot, or I just couldn’t get it quite right.” Safe to bet that Karan’s ironing days are behind her.

 

 

 

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