Donna Karan invented the bodysuit.
Donna Karan founded her eponymous brand in 1984, and she announced that the collection would only comprise of clothing that she herself would wear. She became well-known for her “seven easy pieces” (a bodysuit, a coat, a jacket, blouse, skirt, pants and a fancy piece for evening) which were the staple of a working woman’s wardrobe and could be mixed and matched to make many different outfits. Donna Karan’s bodysuit became an 80’s staple, lasting well into the 90’s. It then went out of fashion, but brands like American Apparel have recently revived the piece, although without the handy snaps to facilitate….doing business.
Another interesting point about Donna Karan is that DKNY was the first successful diffusion line. Imagine a life without diffusion lines? Most of us would hardly own any designer clothing…
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