By  on May 18, 2014

NEW YORK — “I wanted to be like Barbra Streisand, but I couldn’t sing,” said Donna Karan to a packed audience full of students at Parsons The New School for Design during a Q&A with the school’s dean of fashion, Simon Collins. “But then I went into design here at Parsons and I burned my dress with an iron.”

Karan discussed her career path from her beginnings as a student at Parsons “who failed typing and draping class” to launching her main line; contemporary brand, DKNY, and shifting into philanthropy with her charitable effort, Urban Zen.

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