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Thursday, October 3 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
The Power of Reinvention: A Conversation with Donna Karan, Kay Unger, and Michelle Lee

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Donna Karan, Fashion Design '87, and Kay Unger, Fashion Design '68, veterans of the industry, discuss their journeys as leading fashion designers and their paths to reinventing themselves with Michelle Lee, editor-in-chief of Allure. There is no limit in age to start something new....  

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Michelle Lee

Editor-in-Chief, Allure
Michelle Lee is the editor-in-chief of Allure. Since assuming the role in 2015, she has been committed to championing diversity and expanding the definition of beauty. She was named Adweek’s 2017 Editor of the Year while Allure won Adweek’s Magazine of the Year, and her work... Read More →
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Kay Unger

Chair, Board of Governors Trustee, Fashion Design '68
Fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kay Unger has founded and managed four successful global fashion companies: The Gillian Group, Kay Unger New York, Kay J’s Pajamas, and Phoebe Couture. She created the Kay Unger Home collection for Bed, Bath & Beyond and also designed... Read More →
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Donna Karan

Founder of Urban Zen, Board Member, Fashion Design '87
Donna Karan’s desire to address people, not just dress them, led her to establish The Urban Zen Foundation in 2007. This lifelong traveler and yogi, mother and grandmother is dedicated to adding the missing link – mind, body and spirit – to healthcare and education, while preserving... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
The Auditorium - A106