DAWNN-KAREN, M.A., Ed.Mc
Pioneer of the Fashion Psychology Field®, Founder of the Fashion Psychology Institute® and CEO of Fashion Psychology Success
The Fashion Psychology Field® is a newly applied academic discipline focused on the study and treatment of color, beauty, style, image and shape and its affect on human behavior while addressing cultural sensitivities and cultural norms.
While one might assume Fashion Psychology emerged in the 20th century, its roots actually reach back to the 19th century. Harvard Professor William James was the first American psychologist to illuminate the notion of Fashion Psychology in both lectures and writings. Upon graduating from Columbia University in 2012, Dawnn Karen continued where Harvard’s Henry James left off to pioneer the Fashion Psychology Field®. She has been the pioneering mind behind this global field since then, paving the way forward in fashion academia. She has written for several international publications, has spoken at many international engagements and has contributed to major networks as an international TV Personality & Media Expert in more than 25 countries. Her most recent speaking engagements include the Kyiv Security Forum per request of Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatensyuk and Former First Lady Tereza Yatensyuk and United Nation's Empower Women. Her most recent interviews include NBC News, The Daily News, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Huff Post, Benzinga, Harvey Nichols Dubai, BBC News, South Africa's The Sunday Times, Glamour Italia, Canada's The Globe and Mail, Vanity Fair Italia, S Moda Spain, Cosmopolitan Finland, Germany's Stylight, Australia's Sydney Morning Herald, Open Ukraine, WhoWhatWear, Teen Vogue, StyleCaster, Nylon, Life & Style Weekly, Talkspace, CareersinPsychology and more.
Dawnn Karen holds a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology from Columbia University and was formerly a candidate for a Master of Education at Columbia University. She is a former model, fashion public relations representative, and designer. She recently traveled to the Middle East and Asia to extend the research on her theory about Fashion Psychology Field® and she worked extensively with clients to expand her field. She decided to turn her focus towards lecturing and speaking engagements since she returned to the United States. Ultimately, she has made history as a pioneer in the field of Fashion Psychology (2012), as one of the youngest Professors and first black woman Psychology Professor, in the Social Sciences Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology (2014) founding the first ever online institution in the world to offer courses in the new Fashion Psychology Field- Fashion Psychology Institute® (2015) and by publishing the field's book Dress Your Best Life (US Edition) (2020).
Dawnn Karen specializes in “styling from the inside out and by bridging the gap between perception and reality.” At Fashion Psychology Success, her services are customized to meet the needs of professionals across any industry. Fashion Psychology Field® addresses a variety of clients’ internal to external needs, ranging from personal development, relationships, online dating, career advancement, identifying one’s signature look, creative direction on commercials and campaigns.