In September of last year, iconic American fashion designer Donna Karanannounced plans to pen a memoir about her experience in the fashion industry over the past 40-plus years. "My Journey" is being published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House.
Karan's memoir is currently available for pre-order and features a foreword byBarbara Streisand. The 384-page book hits shelves on Oct. 13.
Vogue recently published three sections of "My Journey" — "Finding Her Fit in Fashion," "I'll Take Manhattan" and "To Be Continued ... "
The first section focuses on Karan's time at Anne Klein & Co., which she began in 1971 as chief assistant to Anne Klein herself. When the namesake designer passed away at age 51, Karan — a young mother at the time — had to deliver the pre-fall collection and fall/winter 1974 range.
"Who was I to take on Anne's legacy? Would everyone laugh at me for even trying?" Karan wrote in her memoir. "During the presentation in our showroom, I frantically fussed over each model before I let her walk out from behind the curtain, and I held my breath until I sent out the last girl. My work was done. I felt naked, exposed, and horribly vulnerable."