Student Information

Student Name

Nicholas Sarria




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Donna Karan New York

Mentor(s):Ms. Lisa Rosa

Topic of Internship

Fashion 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 generally 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

I interned in the production/technical design department at Donna Karan New York (DKNY) and it is filled with the details of model fittings, pre-production meetings, plus the usual filing and copying of invoices and vouchers. While my internship does not seem as ‘fashionable’ as people might want it to be, my experience has been extremely rewarding and exactly what I was looking for. Interning here has changed the perception that I once had where I believed 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 smallest details, from the rise of a pant, to the width of the trim on the neck. What I observed in these model fittings make all the differences to a piece of clothing. Without the consideration of tactical details, our clothes wouldn't be complete clothing, but merely scraps of fabric and clumps of thread. I cherish my experience at DKNY because it has allowed me to learn so much about the realities of the fashion world and it gave me a reality of what goes behind the closed doors of many of the most valued designer brands all over the world.

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