Student Information

Student Name

Alicia Chan




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Donna Karan New York

Mentor(s):Lisa Rosa

Topic of Internship

Production/ Technical Design

Background Information

Donna Karan New York (DKNY) is a clothing company whose market targets a range of customers in department stores and end users who are genreally of all ages, gender, and location. "Simply stated, DKNY is the energy and spirit of New York, international, eclectic, fun fast and real. DKNY address the real-life needs of people everywhere, from work to weekend, jeans to evening. Both fashionable and friendly, DKNY consistently delivers its unique mix of style around the world. The mission of the Donna Karan Company, as a design driven company, is to represent the international pulse of New York in the design, marketing and delivery of a complete lifestyle system to a global customer. We will apply the highest standards of creativity, integrity, quality and innovation to our products and concepts."

Summary of Internship

Fashion shoots or watching models strut down runways are glamorous. My days interning in the production/technical design department at Donna Karan New York (DKNY) are filled with the details of model fittings, pre-production meetings, plus the usual filing and copying. While my internship does not seem as glamorous as people might believe, my experience has been extremely rewarding. Interning here has challenged people's belief that clothes are easy to design and make. I learned that as a fashion designer, it is important to consider the technical aspects that require attention to miniscule dtails. The placement of a button can impact the way clothing fits a consumer. While it may seem a trivial matter, it is what makes all the difference to a piece of clothing. Without the consideration of strategic details, our clothes wouldn't be complete clothing, but merely scraps of fabric and clumps of thread. I value my experience at DKNY because it has allowed me to learn so much about the realities of the fashion world.

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