THE BECKET STORY

Bunny Donahue

Founder / Creative Director

The Becket Dress

A Modern Nod to the Chic, Glamorous Style of the Past

 

Bunny Donahue has always had a love for glamour and fashion. 

Growing up in Columbus, Ohio during the “Camelot” years, Bunny remembers shopping with her mother, a local style icon, in pursuit of the perfect pair of gloves or the right shoes and handbag.  A woman’s hat was not just something to keep one’s head warm, but to complete the look of the ensemble. Bunny was enthralled by women in film, especially those lucky enough to be dressed by Edith Head or Adrian, the iconic Hollywood designers of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.

 

At the age of 13, Bunny announced to her parents she was going to move to New York and become a fashion designer.

Bunny’s family, however, was not enthralled with her desire to move to the big city and forge her own path, so Bunny pursued a more 'traditional' education at Boston University. After college, Bunny remained in Boston. It was the 'disco' years, and Bunny proceeded to create outrageous club dresses for the local denizens. Her designs were a hit, and the notoriety she received ignited her sense of purpose—and she headed for New York City.

 

Once in New York, Bunny was inducted into the world of retail on a grand scale.

In short order, Bunny landed her first job at Macy’s in Herald Square in the Executive Training Program.  It wasn’t long before she was learning the wholesale-end of the industry in the showroom for Diane Von Furstenberg. Bunny returned to school and received her design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), where she graduated at the top of her class. She then became Charles Nolan’s assistant at Tahari, but it was her love of knitwear and sweaters that brought her to a technical design position at Pierre Cardin Knitwear. Bunny went on to design Collection sportswear for several fashion houses before finding her true love: 

 

The dress.

 

Over the years, Bunny has made a name for herself

Bunny launched dress divisions for Tahari ASL, Ellen Tracy and Jessica Simpson, but it was as Vice President of Design at Jones New York Dress that Bunny achieved her professional goal in corporate design. Through the years women have approached Bunny and expressed a frustration in trying to find the “right” dress.  So, once again, Bunny set out on her own.

 

Becket is born.

Becket represents a modern nod to the chic, glamorous style of the past. Classic, yet contemporary. Stylish, yet not too trendy. Bunny’s dresses are designed for the woman with a flair for timeless style in the modern world. This is Bunny’s vision for her.