Student Information

Student Name

Hena Patel




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Donna Karan New York

Mentor(s):Lisa Rosa

Topic of Internship

Fashion: Production & Technical Design

Background Information

Donna Karan New York (DKNY) is a fashion company whose headquarters are located throughout the city as well as Honk Kong. "Simply stated, DKNY is the energy and spirit of New York, international, eclectic, fun fast and real.” DKNY’s mission is to address the needs of the people in the fashion world on a daily basis. Through their clothes they hope to provide from work to weekend, jeans to evening, day and night. Both as a fashionable and friendly company they hope to reach out to the daily lives of people and represent the international pulse of New York in the design, marketing and delivery of a complete lifestyle system to a global customer. They hope to offer only the highest standards of creativity, integrity, quality and innovation to their products.

Summary of Internship

Interning at Donna Karan New York has truly provided me with an unforgettable experience. With help from my mentor, Lisa Rosa, I have explored through the fashion world as a whole. From going through fabrics and sitting through endless fittings, my internship allows me to see the clothes come together from beginning to end. Through this experience, I was able to see how 1/8th of an inch can make the biggest difference when it comes to putting together a select style. Being a part of the Technical Design department at DKNY has allowed me to see a lot of the most significant people in the company as we constantly have people coming down to our floor to approve certain styles and pieces. I have learned how the company’s clothing goes through so many different changes before having the final product. My days at internship consist of observing and sitting through model fittings, filing invoices and other important paperwork, using the Excel program, and many other tasks. This internship has allowed me to take on responsibility and has helped me severely improve on my communication as I am forced to interact with new people every week. My favorite part of the internship was being able to spend every week in New York City. My DKNY internship showed me that fashion is truly something that connects with me and it has also provided me with an experience I never thought would be possible.

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