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Donna Karan is among the de­sign­ers who ap­pear in CNN’s new orig­i­nal se­ries, “Amer­i­can Style,” which will air Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., ET.

The four-part do­cuseries fea­tures archival footage and in­ter­views with Karan, along with Tim Gunn, Car­son Kress­ley, Vanessa Wil­liams, Bev­erly John­son, Isaac Mizrahi, Jef­frey Banks, Christie Brink­ley, John Var­vatos and Diane von Fursten­berg, among oth­ers.

In one of the episodes, Karan talks about how when she be­gan work­ing, clothes were suits, shirts and ties, and she cre­ated the idea of “Seven Easy Pieces,” be­gin­ning with the body­suit. The show ex­am­ines how Amer­ica’s chang­ing style through the decades has mir­rored the po­lit­i­cal, so­cial and eco­nomic cli­mate of the time. The se­ries, which also touts First Ladies Jacque­line Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Me­la­nia Trump, high­lights the most iconic mo­ments from fash­ion and pop cul­ture.

The pre­miere episode ex­plores style in the For­ties and Fifties, how World War II and Hol­ly­wood helped cre­ate Amer­ica’s own fash­ion iden­tity, and the in­tro­duc­tion of new trends such as the bikini, Zoot suit, shoul­der pads, and the white tee as pop­u­lar­ized by James Dean. The se­cond episode tack­les the style of the Six­ties and Seven­ties as the youth cul­ture comes into its own and fash­ion takes an ex­treme turn with looks such as miniskirts, the wrap dress, disco at­tire and all-black cloth­ing as worn by the Black Pan­ther Party. The re­main­ing two episodes ex­am­ine the his­tory and style of the Eight­ies, Nineties and Aughts, and the rise of the su­per­mod­els with Cindy Craw­ford, Naomi Camp­bell and Kate Moss be­com­ing house­hold names and styles such as grunge and heroin chic. While Karan is mostly in episodes two and three, she pro­vides com­men­tary through­out the se­ries.

The do­cuseries is pro­duced by Vox En­ter­tain­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Doc Shop Pro­duc­tions. — LISA LOCK­WOOD

Louis Dell’Olio and Donna Karan in CNN’s“Amer­i­can Style.”

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