Kay Unger is a fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist based in New York. For more than forty years, her flattering, feminine looks have made her one of America’s most popular designers for first ladies, anchorwomen, business women, partygoers and bridal parties.
After graduating from Parsons School of Design, Kay founded her own dress firm, Kay Unger “the first of several successful global fashion concerns she both founded and managed, including The Gillian Group, A.J. Bari, and Kay Unger New York. In 2012, she formed Kay Unger Design as a means of focusing her boundless energy on unique design projects that benefit from her creative and leadership skills.
Kay serves as Trustee of The New School and Chair Emerita of Parsons School of Design, her alma mater. She has been a member of the Parsons School of Design Board of Governors since 2006 where Kay enthusiastically served as Chairman from 2013 to 2020.
In 2010, Kay founded her own foundation, The Kay Unger Family Foundation. KUFF primarily provides scholarships and educational opportunities for underserved children talented in the arts. Kay is also Co-Chair of Fashion for the Front Lines, a New York City based task force that was created in response to COVID-19 with the singular goal to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline medical workers.