NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months by means of HARPER’S BAZAAR • In this candid memoir, featuring a foreword through Barbra Streisand, renowned fashion designer Donna Karan stocks intimate information about her lonely formative years, her four-plus many years within the type undefined, her marriages, motherhood, and her ongoing quest for self-acceptance and non secular peace.
Donna Karan used to be born into the style business—her father was once a tailor, and her mom used to be a showroom version and 7th road saleswoman—yet Karan dreamed of turning into a dancer like Martha Graham or a singer like Barbra Streisand. type used to be her future, although. My Journey lines Karan’s early days as an intern at Anne Klein, the production of her Seven effortless items (which perpetually replaced the way in which operating girls dressed), and the meteoric upward thrust of her corporation. besides juicy tales, Karan candidly discusses her tough mom and worrying adolescence, her turbulent romantic lifestyles, all of the household she has misplaced through the years, and the non-public awakening that happened simply as she reached the peak and monetary success.
That awakening set Karan down a direction of religious discovery and self-improvement. From est to Kabbalah, from silent retreats to leech remedy, Karan attempted every thing to discover, as she writes, “calm within the chaos.” yet she additionally finds how a chaotic existence, fueled by way of unending interest and childlike impulses, helped her layout seminal collections season after season for worldwide powerhouse manufacturers Donna Karan manhattan and DKNY. She additionally information how she has channeled her creativity (and her urge to resolve difficulties and nurture others) into philanthropic paintings, fairly her early outspoken advocacy for AIDS wisdom and study, and the production of her city Zen origin, concentrating on built-in healthcare and schooling in addition to upkeep of tradition, which ended in her present efforts in Haiti.
Karan’s existence has been crowded with glamorous characters and adventures world wide. yet she occasionally nonetheless seems like that awkward youngster from ny who by no means healthy in—which makes her all of the extra endearing. Brimming with Karan’s infectious power, My Journey is ready even more than the style global: it's the tale of a tender girl whose imaginative and prescient and difficult paintings made her a job version for ladies everywhere—a girl who dreamed giant, fought to have all of it, broke the foundations, and enjoyed passionately alongside the way.
Praise for My Journey
“By turns relocating, insightful, and hilarious, but regularly, continuously heartfelt . . . while you’re a real strength of style, not anything holds you back.”—Vogue
“When Donna Karan stepped down . . . it used to be the top of an period, so ponder this autobiography her parting present. . . . anticipate a holistic view of the lady in the back of essentially the most influential American labels.”—StyleCaster
“Donna’s creativity and fervour as a dedicated philanthropist are matched basically through her reward for friendship. no matter if she’s making the realm extra attractive or giving a Haitian artisan the instruments to create a sustainable company, Donna has consistently led with nice center and lovely humor.”—President invoice Clinton
“What we take with no consideration frequently comes from the main innovative of assets. In manhattan within the Nineteen Eighties, nobody was once extra radical than Donna Karan. She created a fashion of dressing that was once womanly, useful, and empowering.”—Anna Wintour
“An remarkable own, expert, and non secular existence . . . outlined by way of Donna’s magnificent resilience, her inward look for calm in the course of good fortune, and her insistence on continually following her heart.”—Arianna Huffington